Artist Colin Davidson says he will ‘forever hold dear’ while sitting with the Queen

Northern Irish artist Colin Davidson remembered drawing the Queen as an experience he would “forever cherish”.

is an impressive depiction of the late monarch commissioned by the charity Cooperative Ireland and unveiled by her during a special event at Crosby Hall, London, in 2016.

The large painting, approximately 4ft x 5ft, depicts the Queen wearing Karl Ludwig’s turquoise dress by day and in a reflective mood, with a smile on her lips.


The Queen unveils a portrait of herself by artist Colin Davidson at Crosby Hall (Jeff Spicer/PA)

Appearing on BBC News, Mr Davidson recalled two hours sitting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in May of that year.

“I was sitting in the yellow drawing room and I can remember being completely without depth,” he said. That’s just my feeling.

“I was standing. Our appointment was at 11am that day in May and I can remember standing at the door waiting for the Queen to come in, and the change of guard just happened outside.

“Of course, I remember my younger days standing outside the gate watching the guards change, so to hear the band, to see them, and at that stage the Queen just to walk in was just… which I will forever cherish. . “

Mr Davidson said he and the Queen “got off to a good start because she quipped to me how appropriate it was for the Irish Guards to play that day”.

He added: “I think I also had the courage then to say to her, ‘Ma’am, maybe this is the millionth time someone has wished you a happy birthday but I can too. Is that okay?’ and she stopped and said, “Yeah, I think that’s the millionth time.”


Colin Davidson with Dr. Christopher Moran, Chair of Irish Cooperation, and the Queen (Jeff Spicer/PA)

“There was such a lightness, a warmth to her, and the fact that she made me feel completely at ease, it was a story we had heard so many times.”

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The Belfast-born artist is known for his large-scale head drawings and has also drawn public figures such as singer Ed Sheeran, Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and former German chancellor Angela Merkel.

His painting of the Queen was commissioned by the charity Co-operation Ireland, which works to promote reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

The Queen herself unveiled the work at Crosby Hall, home of former Henry VIII chancellor Sir Thomas More, attended by Mr Davidson.

On BBC News, Mr Davidson joked that sometimes he didn’t know why he chose to “be in the same room” as the babysitter when his work was first shown.

Recalling talking to Queen there, he added: “I don’t know where the nerve came from but the first thing I said to her was, ‘Are you still talking to me, ma’am?’

“And, of course, she turned around with that familiar smile I had seen during the two hours we were together and said, ‘Of course I’m still talking to you,’ and commented on the picture. what a wonderful painting – so that’s what I love. “ Artist Colin Davidson says he will ‘forever hold dear’ while sitting with the Queen

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