- Thomas Patrick Anson, the 5th Earl of Lichfield (born April 25, 1939), better known as Patrick Lichfield, is a British photographer and a first cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II, his mother Anne Bowes-Lyon (1917 - 1980) having been a niece of the late Queen Mother.
He inherited the earldom of Lichfield from his paternal grandfather, but does not use his title in his professional practice.
Lichfield was educated at Harrow School and Sandhurst, and joined the Grenadier Guards in 1959. On leaving the army in 1962, he began to work as a photographer's assistant, and built up his own reputation, partly as a result of having access to the royal family. He was, not surprisingly, selected to take the official photographs of the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981. Since that time, he has been one of the UK's best-known photographers. Since 1999 he has been a pioneer of digital photography at a professional standard. His estate is Shugborough, near Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.