The 96-year-old monarch looks content and happy photographed at her home in Windsor Castle, seated in a cushioned window seat, with the historic residence’s famous Round Tower in the distance
(Image: CAMERA PRESS/Ranald Mackechnie)
A brand new portrait of the Queen has been unveiled to mark the start of national celebrations of her 70th reign.
The 96-year-old monarch looks content and happy photographed at her home in Windsor Castle, seated in a cushioned window seat, with the historic residence’s famous round tower in the distance.
In a statement to her subjects released tonight, she said many “happy memories” will be made in the coming days.
The Queen said: “Thank you to everyone involved in bringing communities, families, neighbors and friends together to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee in the UK and across the Commonwealth.
“I know that these festive occasions will create many fond memories.
“I remain inspired by the goodwill shown to me and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to look back on all that has been achieved over the last seventy years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”
CAMERA PRESS/Ranald Mackechnie)
The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years on the throne and commemorations begin on Thursday with the traditional Trooping the Color parade and balcony appearance.
In the new portrait, she is shown with her hands on her lap and her hair curled in the familiar manner, while clad in a dark powder blue Angela Kelly coat in Charmelaine wool.
Perhaps seemingly a nod to her historic Platinum anniversary, the lustrous shell bead of pearls and diamonds embroidered around the collar and cascading down the front trim.
The picture was taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie in the Victoria Vestibule in the Queen’s private apartments in Windsor.
Mr Mackechnie took two earlier portraits of the Queen alongside the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George to celebrate her 90th birthday in 2016.
He said of being commissioned to take the official jubilee portrait: “It is an honor to be asked and a privilege to do so.”
Also visible in the background is the statue of King Charles II, which stands in the quadrangle of the castle.
The seated queen has struggled with mobility issues for a number of months and has confessed to being unable to move in the past.
Royals fans gathered in central London are hoping to see the Queen after the Trooping parade and at Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday and possibly again on the balcony after Sunday’s carnival parade finale.
In addition to wearing her signature pearls, the Queen also wears her diamond-set wedding and engagement ring, as she normally does, and her gold watch.
The Platinum celebrations poignantly mark the Queen’s first major jubilee celebrations without her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April last year.
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