Commissioned by Photobox, Europe’s largest photographic community, The Crown from the Crowd is a ground-breaking project to create a unique photographic biography and picture archive of the Royal Family - as seen exclusively through the camera lens of the Great British Public over the last century.
Jennie Bond, who served as the BBC’s Royal Correspondent during 14 of the most turbulent years the monarchy has endured, led a nationwide search to plunder the people’s archive of unseen photographs of the Royal Family taken at any one of the estimated 50,000 royal engagements since the Second World War.
The public response was overwhelming with over 2000 photographs submitted dating back to pictures of Queen Victoria taken in the 1890s. The book features over 250 images across eight chapters ranging from Country Life to Pomp & Ceremony, each with a fascinating introduction by best-selling author and social historian Dominic Sandbrook.
Created to commemorate the forthcoming Royal Wedding, the first edition of The Crown from the Crowd was presented to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a ‘gift from the people', ahead of their wedding day on Saturday 19th May 2018.
The Crowd from the Crowd was sold for £25 with 100% of the profit donated to Help for Heroes.
Fronted by internationally renowned photographer, Rankin, the premise behind This is Britain was as simple as it was ambitious to capture the essence of a day-in-the-life of the people and communities that make up our nation. The faces and places, moments and rituals, at work and at play – as shot by thousands of everyday people going about their daily lives over a long weekend in October 2017.
After an overwhelming response from YOU – the great British public – Rankin faced the daunting task of selecting the most engaging 300 images from the tens of thousands submitted. These now appear alongside additional images taken by some of the nation's leading photographers and photojournalists, including David Montgomery, Alex Lake, Tracey Welch and Paul Postle.
The book has 14 chapters that reflect the passage of the day, from the waking hour to bedtime and everything in-between. Each chapter features an introduction from a leading personality, including Lorraine Kelly OBE, Rev. Richard Coles, Piers Morgan, Jeremy Vine, Judge Robert Rinder, Denise Van Outen, Ade Adepitan MBE, Kelly Hoppen MBE, Ore Oduba, NIck Hewer, Pixie Lott, Ben Fogle, Spencer Matthews and Ellie Simmonds OBE.
The result amounts to a photographic state-of-the-nation self-portrait by the people, of the people and for the people of Great Britain.
Published on 17th November 2017 – BBC Children in Need 2017 Appeal day – This is Britain was sold for £25 with all profits donated to BBC Children in Need.