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The family of a Lynn man who dedicated himself to taking photographs of the Royal Family at Sandringham for many years are hopeful that one might be chosen posthumously as part of a Platinum Jubilee picture retrospective of her reign.

Edward Jackson loved nothing better than to go to the royal estate to get pictures of the Queen and her family.

He took hundreds over the years and just how many has now emerged following his death as his family discovered a treasure trove of the royal photos.

The Royal family in 1989. Edward Jackson/SWNS (54485798)
The Royal family in 1989. Edward Jackson/SWNS (54485798)

Mr Jackson died aged 72 last November.

His photographs, dated 1989, show the Queen with Philip and son Charles. Princess Diana also appears in the pictures.

Camera club member Edward, who worked as a newsagent, regularly visited Sandringham from his home in Lynn.

Newly discovered photos have emerged of the Queen smiling with Prince Philip at Sandringham - just after she headed to the Norfolk hideaway alone this week. Edward Jackson/SWNS (54486276)
Newly discovered photos have emerged of the Queen smiling with Prince Philip at Sandringham - just after she headed to the Norfolk hideaway alone this week. Edward Jackson/SWNS (54486276)

His family unearthed the images while clearing out a spare room in his house last Christmas.

Nephew Stephen Jackson, 46, said: "My uncle always had two cameras hanging around his neck just in case one went wrong. He was always on the lookout for a good shot."

Edward also spent time in London in the late 1970s, where he used his Pentax camera to capture the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations.

The Queen and Prince Philip at Sandringham. Edward Jackson/SWNS (54485769)
The Queen and Prince Philip at Sandringham. Edward Jackson/SWNS (54485769)

Edward's family are submitting his photos to Kensington Palace after they issued an appeal for pictures of the Queen to mark 70 years on the throne.

Stephen, an electrician, said: "If Edward was still here he definitely would have sent some in. We've picked half a dozen to send through."

Former Lynn News photographer Paul Marsh said he had fond memories of Eddie from the times he was covering the Royal Family at Sandringham.

"All the press photographers knew him as he was always around with his camera/ He was really nice and easy going and a very, very handy, keen photographer."

Princess Diana in 1989. Edward Jackson/SWNS (54485839)
Princess Diana in 1989. Edward Jackson/SWNS (54485839)

The Queen missed out on her traditional annual trip to Sandringham over Christmas and New Year but arrived there on Sunday by helicopter.

The monarch is at the 20,000-acre estate after spending her first Christmas without the Duke of Edinburgh, her husband of more than 73 years.

In Mr Jackson's pictures the Queen is seen alongside her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh in one image dating back to the 1980s.

Edward Jackson from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, who died aged 72 last November. SWNS (54486233)
Edward Jackson from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, who died aged 72 last November. SWNS (54486233)
Edward Jackson from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, who died aged 72 last November. SWNS (54486064)
Edward Jackson from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, who died aged 72 last November. SWNS (54486064)
Edward Jackson from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, who died aged 72 last November. Edward Jackson/SWNS (54485866)
Edward Jackson from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, who died aged 72 last November. Edward Jackson/SWNS (54485866)
Stphen Jackson with uncle Edward Jackson. SWNS (54486198)
Stphen Jackson with uncle Edward Jackson. SWNS (54486198)


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