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Earlier this month, a compass jellyfish enjoyed a fish for lunch in Cornwall.

This is a fascinating and unusual photograph from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust:

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust wants to know about incidents such as these:

Do remember to report all dead marine animals to our Marine Strandings Network hotline on 0345 201 2626.

Their Twitter feed has beautiful photographs of Cornwall’s flora and fauna. Well worth a visit.

The Queen’s 95th birthday was Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Twitter was alive with fond memories of her previous birthdays, celebrated in springtime colour.

Sadly, this was her first birthday in 73 years without her husband by her side:

The Queen issued a statement of thanks to those who sent her messages of condolence and comfort:

She also thanked the public for their good wishes on her birthday:

A photo not previously shared with the public was published:

Traditionally, the Queen has kept her birthday free of public engagements:

She has spent many birthdays at Windsor Castle:

She has celebrated with family and friends:

In her later years, more public celebrations took place:

St Paul’s Cathedral remembered the service of thanksgiving on her 90th birthday in 2016:

This video has a compilation of the marvellous birthday cakes she has received over the years:

This retrospective shows the Queen through the years, from the days when she was Princess Elizabeth:

Various organisations paid tribute to her last Wednesday, from the Women’s Institute …

… to the Girl Guides and the Scouts:

An award winning photographer posted his magnificent portrait of the Queen:

Vogue has more stunning photographic portraits:

Not many of us know the Queen was born in central London, when her father was still Duke of York. Her uncle, who later abdicated, was Prince of Wales at the time:

Interestingly, several members of the Royal Family, especially the new generation, have birthdays at this time of year:

May the Queen’s quiet, dutiful leadership be an example to them all for many years to come.

Stefan Rousseau is a photographer for the PA (Press Association).

He makes an art out of photography, the way someone working a camera should. His images have all the depth of painted portraits.

Rousseau has been following Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the campaign trail. Below are some of his most recent photos. Note the use of light and composition in each.

This last one taken at Castle Cary in Somerset is simply outstanding:

As the old saying goes:

Every picture tells a story.

Stefan Rousseau is a gifted photographer bringing those stories to life.

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-serving British monarch.

The Telegraph reports:

The Queen will surpass Queen Victoria’s record reign of 63 years seven months and two days at around 5.30pm on Wednesday. She will spend the morning opening a new railway line in the Borders before returning to Balmoral.

She will spend the evening with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, but the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be carrying out engagements elsewhere after the Queen insisted the day should be “business as usual”.

The Telegraph article has a number of fascinating photographs, never before seen.

In 1991, the BBC made a documentary of the Queen called Elizabeth R. A BBC book accompanied the series.

David Secombe, 53 — son of the late comedian and practising Christian, Sir Harry Secombe — was the BBC photographer assigned to take pictures of the monarch as she went about her daily work. He took many stills over the course of eight months.

Secombe explained that his camera had to be silent the whole time. It was put in what he calls a blimp, which looked like a ‘large biscuit tin’. He also had to be unobtrusive. He told The Telegraph that he felt like David Attenborough observing wildlife. Few words were exchanged between Secombe and the Queen.

Oddly, this prestigious assignment did not catapult Secombe into a star photographer, as beautiful and captivating as his stills are. In 1992, he says, he had hardly any work. However, the Queen remembered him:

It did, though, mean I got to do a couple of official portraits of the Queen in subsequent years, one of the Queen and Prince Charles in the 1990s and one for the Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Do take a few moments to look at Secombe’s Royal photographs, which were not included in the Elizabeth R book. They show a completely different side to the Queen, normally seen publicly only at official engagements or in portraits.

Long may she reign over us!

Meanwhile, photographers interested in seeing more of David Secombe’s atmospheric work can visit his site The London Column.

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