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Death of Patrick Lichfield
« on: November 11, 2005, 09:16:56 AM »
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Royal photographer Lord Lichfield has died at the age of 66 after suffering a major stroke.  The Queen was among the first to pay tribute to Lord Lichfield, saying she was "deeply saddened" at the news.

Lord Lichfield was the Queen's first cousin once removed and was the official photographer at the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Diana.

He was being treated in the stroke unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after falling ill.

The renowned photographer had been staying in the area with friends when he suffered a stroke. He died at 0400 GMT on Friday.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "It's a private matter. The Queen is deeply saddened and will be sending private condolences."

Lord Lichfield - who inherited the earldom of Lichfield in Staffordshire from his grandfather - has often been asked by the royals to take their official portraits.

He photographed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for couple's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

In July 1981, he took the official wedding photographs for the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.

Tatler editor Geordie Greig said Lord Lichfield was an "old-fashioned gentleman" whose best work had been his shots of the wedding.

"The royal wedding was spectacularly memorable, he got the intimacy of the Royal Family, he got that fairytale magic.

"There was a sort of almost Hollywood magic dust spread throughout that shoot and the world enjoyed it.

"He wasn't complicated, he wasn't pretentious, he wasn't an intellectual, he just loved making beautiful images."

Former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter said Lord Lichfield had been very close to the Royal Family and was noted for the easy way he handled them during shoots, using a whistle to marshal guests at the wedding of Charles and Diana.

"One year, we were shooting a Christmas card at Windsor Castle it was all over in about 15 minutes, he was almost a one-shot man, he would get it perfect the first time."

Baroness Thatcher, whose recent 80th birthday photos were taken by Lord Lichfield, said: "Patrick Lichfield was not only one of the most talented and professional of photographers, he was also an absolute delight to sit for.   Always courteous and considerate, he had a rare skill which is now sadly gone."

Friend and photographer Terry O'Neill said Lord Lichfield's style was always spontaneous.

"He did go for the moment. He was instinctive. It was part of his nature."

He remembered that the aristocrat liked to be viewed as "one of the chaps".

In a career spanning 40 years, Lord Lichfield worked for Vogue and photographed many stars, including Sixties singer Marsha Hunt, Michael Caine and Joanna Lumley.

As well as editorial photography, he worked on advertising commissions across several industries, including fashion, tobacco and pharmaceuticals.

He was recently commissioned by the British Tourist Authority, and was involved in Hot Shots, a television series for Discovery Real Time in which amateur photographers are taught by professionals.

Interviewed in October by the BBC News website, he told reporter Caroline Briggs: "Remember that the person you are photographing is 50% of the portrait and you are the other 50%.

"You need the model as much as he or she needs you. If they don't want to help you, it will be a very dull picture."

Lord Lichfield's long-term partner was Lady Annunziata Asquith, and he had had three children with ex-wife Lady Leonora Grosvenor - a son, Tom, and two daughters, Rose and Eloise.

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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2005, 12:34:02 PM »
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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2005, 01:31:07 PM »
Link to Lichfield's works at the National Portrait Gallery
http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?search=sa&sText=Lichfield&LinkID=mp60444&role=art

Below is my very very favorite of his pictures.  Does anyone have a larger version of this to post?

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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2005, 02:42:26 PM »
So very sad...he was such a talented artitst!

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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2005, 07:41:02 PM »
Indeed a very talented man.

There have been some very nice tributes to him, particularly from other photographers, testifying not only to his talent, but his great personal charm.

It is alleged that he once set off a firing pistol at a royal wedding in order to ensure the attention of all present, so that he could get his shots!

Also that when he photographed the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, he initially found them a little stiff, so in order to divert them and break the ice, he fell off his chair!

Of course, one of his loveliest images was taken at the wedding of Pce Charles and the late Pcss Diana.  She is sat on the floor in her gown, veil and train and the prince is leaning over her grinning; apparently Lichfield always left one frame spare at the end, and secured this grab shot as they all believed that he had finished....

Great image - very clever man.........
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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2005, 09:41:31 PM »
That was a talent of his--the charming informality he could get at even very formal events.

The shot of EII is wonderful--she looks so happy and relaxed.

From British Royals board:

Anson, Thomas William Arnold, Viscount Anson
Born: 4 MAY 1913 Died: 18 MAR 1958
Married 28 APR 1938 Divorce 1948 to Bowes-Lyon, Anne Fenella Ferelith, HH The Princess George of Denmark

Child 1: Anson, Thomas Patrick John, Earl of Lichfield 5th, b. 25 APR 1939
Child 2: Anson, Elizabeth Georgiana, b. 7 JUN 1941

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Anson, Thomas Patrick John,
5th Earl of Lichfield, b. 25 APR 1939
Married 1975 Divorce 1986 to Lady Leonora Mary Grosvenor

Child 1: Lady Rose Anson b. AUG 1976
Child 2: Thomas William Robert Hugh Anson, Viscount Anson, b. 19 JUL 1978
Child 3: Lady Eloise Anson b. APR 1981

"Lord Lichfield also had close ties with the royals of Norway, Belgium and Luxembourg, as his mother was married secondly to HH Prince Georg of Denmark, son of HRH Princess Margaretha of Sweden, sister of HM Queen Astrid of the Belgians and HRH Crown Princess Mrtha of Norway and HH Prince Carl Bernadotte.
So we might se some representation from this family groups at the funeral."

"Instead of attending the wedding of the Prince of Asturias and Doa Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Queen Beatrix made the choice to attend the wedding of her goddaughter Fiona Shakerley, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Shakerley and Lady Elizabeth Anson of the Earls of Lichfield, to Mr. Brocas Burrows at Lichfield Cathedral. "

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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2005, 10:52:51 AM »
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The shot of EII is wonderful--she looks so happy and relaxed.


Here is some background about that photo (taken in 1971) from The Country Life Book of Queen Elizabeth II, A golden Anniversary Tribute (Foreward by The Earl of Lichfield):

"While on board Britannia Lord Lichfield was subjected to the indignities meted out to those making a sea crossing of the equator for the first time. He was covered with shaving soap and ducked in a pool several times but, ever-vigilant photographer that he is, kept a waterproof camera at the ready and managed to capture this delightfully spontaneous shot of the Queen laughing at his discomfiture."


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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2005, 03:27:59 PM »
Apparently he used a whistle to gather guests around for the wedding photos at Charles and Diana's wedding. When it was announced that he was going to marry Lady Leonora Grosvener, old Cookie Drawers was quoted as saying; "Oh what a shame, we were saving her for Charles" ;)
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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2005, 07:33:32 AM »
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Apparently he used a whistle to gather guests around for the wedding photos at Charles and Diana's wedding. When it was announced that he was going to marry Lady Leonora Grosvener, old Cookie Drawers was quoted as saying; "Oh what a shame, we were saving her for Charles" ;)


Is Lady Leonora Grosvener the sister of the Current Duke of Westminster?

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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2005, 07:46:40 AM »
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Is Lady Leonora Grosvener the sister of the Current Duke of Westminster?

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Lady Leonora Grosvenor was the elder daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster, so she is indeed the sister of the present Duke.

She and Lichfield were married in 1975, had a son and two daughters, and were divorced in 1986.
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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2005, 05:39:14 PM »
Thank you very much for that link, Lucien.
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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2006, 09:56:55 AM »
Memorial Service for Lord Lichfield due to be held,at Lichfield Cathedral;
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=206882006
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Re: Death of Patrick Lichfield
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2006, 09:19:24 AM »
Yesterday,a 2nd Memorial servive was held at the Guards Chapel,Wellington Barracks,London.

Quite an impressive gathering:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,61-2078356,00.html
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2006, 04:46:14 PM »
When he told his mother that he planned to become a photographer, Princess Anne of Denmark sniffed, "You might as well become a ballet dancer."