John Swannell began his career working for Vogue and the legendary photographer David Bailey.
In 2002 he photographed the Queen for her Golden Jubilee and has photographed a number of other members of the royal family including the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
He told Channel 4 News the first time her photographed the Queen it was “really scary”.
“The Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Prince William, all in one picture for a stamp and they said you know it’s really important this picture… it’s the most important picture since Queen Victoria,” he explained.
“I said ‘ok how long have I got?’ and they said ’10 minutes’.
“It was a nightmare. If they leant right or left the perforation would go straight through their head.
“In a way nobody really gets to know the Queen because she is not aloof – she is with you trying to make the picture work – but she is the Queen.
“She is special. You can’t put it out of your head, you can’t pretend she is normal because she is not – but she is chatty.”