SOCIETY photographer and cousin of the Queen Lord Lichfield died at 4am today, a spokesman for his office said.
The Queen is "deeply saddened'" by his death, Buckingham Palace said.
Patrick Lichfield's passion for capturing people on camera made him one of the country's best-known photographers.
His images of the Swinging Sixties epitomised the era and immortalised many of the famous faces associated with the decade.
The 5th Earl of Lichfield first picked up a camera at the age of six.
Snapshots the youngster took of his first cousin once removed, the Queen, at a cricket match against Eton, were promptly confiscated by an officious monitor.
Later in life, he would be called on time after time to take photographs of the Royals on historic public occasions.