In what was either a diplomatic move to not appear to play favorites or a deliberate move to show who her favorites actually are, the queen shares her cover with four unexpected models: her dogs!
“Introducing our cover stars: Holly, Willow, Vulcan, Candy — and The Queen. Read more about the exclusive Annie Leibovitz portrait honoring the Queen on her 90th birthday at the link in our bio,” Vanity Fair posted.
The magazine shared another exclusive photo on Instagram, this one of the queen with her “strength and stay,” Prince Philip.
“Married for nearly 69 years, the Queen says her husband, Prince Philip, ‘has been my strength and stay all these years,'” the magazine shared.
The photo series also includes two previously released images, one of the queen with her only daughter, Princess Anne, and another of the queen surrounded by her youngest grandchildren and great-grandchildren — the future of the monarchy.
“The most moving, important thing about this shoot is that these were all her ideas,” photographer Annie Leibovitz explained. “She wanted to be photographed with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; her daughter, Anne, the Princess Royal; and her corgis. I was told how relaxed she was at Windsor, and it was really true. You get the sense of how at peace she was with herself, and very much enthralled with her family.”
The summer issue of Vanity Fair featuring Queen Elizabeth will be available nationally stateside on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.