Over half a century, the longest-serving royal photographer has traveled the world with the Queen and Prince Philip, visiting more than 70 countries.
Anwar, now 83, grew up in Tanzania where the only photo he had seen of Her Majesty was the one on a postage stamp.
He established himself in Britain photographing movie stars and music icons like Freddie Mercury, but the chronicle of the life of the ultimate celebrity family has become his life’s work.
Below, Anwar selects his favorite photos that he took from Duke of Edinburgh, which he first photographed in 1963 and most recently at Epsom Racecourse in 2019.
The Queen loved this image so much that it became an official Christmas card. It was taken just outside of Montreal, Canada, where the family had traveled to see Princess Anne compete in the Olympics.
“It was very unusual for the whole family to leave the country at the same time,” says Anwar, “normally if the Royal family goes away, they leave someone behind in case something happens.
“It was supposed to be that Edward was left behind, but Prince Charles asked to bring him. I told them it was history and we had to take this photo.
“The Duke was not too happy to pose for this photo but finally gave in. “
“The Duke took good care of the Queen when there were certain ceremonies where she might feel uncomfortable,” Anwar said.
“For example, in Fiji, they must have drunk this special drink and he made sure she was okay with it. “
He added: “This photo is in the desert with the King of Morocco. They had to sit on the floor and have a roast lamb and eat in their hands.
“It’s very rare that the Royal Family allow photos of them eating and you can see in the photo that the Duke is concerned and is looking at the Queen. “
“We managed to convince Prince Philip to pet this elephant so that he could take a picture of him and in another picture he gives an elephant a banana,” Anwar explains.
“He was very concerned about the conservation of wildlife and the environment.
“However, one thing I didn’t like was the number of pheasants they were shooting while they were on the Balmoral Estate. “
1971 Domaine Balmoral
“I helped show the royal family in a more relaxed way,” says Anwar, “I didn’t like the photos of the queen looking very official and looking straight into the camera, I preferred to take more natural photos.
“This one looks like a paparazzi photo in the forest but they knew I was there. I arrived very early in the morning and took a series of photos and left. “
1982 Tuvalu (see top photo)
“It’s such a colorful image of the Duke being carried by local islanders in a traditional canoe,” says Anwar.
“He kept saying he was afraid they would tip over and bring him back with them. The Duke loved to travel to these islands, he loved the culture, the dance and the celebration of the way of life.
“He was fascinated to see men in grass skirts, he always joked with them. I don’t know if he was pulling their leg or if they understood his sense of humor.
“He was terribly blunt, especially with the locals, he used to say all kinds of things and get away with it – sometimes it was hard to tell if he was rude or funny. ”