One unseen photograph from the shoot is currently on display at Kensington Palace for the first time in a new exhibition named Life Through a Royal Lens.
The decision came after she met with renewable energy engineer George Goudsmit, 80, at a function on the Isles of Scilly.
The Queen usually stays in Sandringham for several weeks in the winter, hosting her family and attending St Mary Magdalene Church nearby on Christmas Day.
Rankin wanted to photograph her holding a sword, but she said, ‘I don’t like my hands.’ [I thought] that’s the best ‘get out’ for holding the sword, he said.
The image was shared on social media with a caption from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.
During her reign, the monarch tried out every shade in the colour chart, from canary yellow to lime green, fuchsia and navy blue.
To celebrate the restoration of the Queen Victoria Building in 1986, the late monarch addressed the mysterious letter to the Lord Mayor of Sydney.
She is about to mark a major milestone in her reign, as Sunday will be the 70th anniversary of the day her father, King George VI, died, and she became queen aged 25.
Buckingham Palace said Her Majesty had accepted the foreign secretary's advice to delay the event, which would have seen her meet hundreds of members of the Diplomatic Corps.