Lipstick while (almost) no one is watching

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She is notoriously well turned out but even the Queen needs to freshen up her lippy every now and again. It can be hard, when on permanent public display, to find a moment. And in 1977, she almost got away with it.

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The Queen is caught here trying to add a subtle layer of lipstick during a hot day of engagements. Note the slightly bowed head, the open bag ready to stash the make up away in and the very focused stare ahead, as if no one will notice if she keeps looking at something else.

One photographer was quick enough off the mark to snap this moment of preparation. It’s a great image and a reminder that keeping up appearances affects us all.

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Lydia Starbuck

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.