New Official Portrait of Queen Elizabeth Unveiled

  September 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm by

View the full portrait at Ralph Heimans' website

A new portrait of the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in Australia. Painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans, it depicts the Queen in the Sacrarium of Westminster Abbey.

The magnificent artwork shows the Queen in a moment of solitary reflection at the centre circle of the Cosmati pavement, exactly where she was crowned over 60 years ago. The Cosmati pavement is the spot ever English monarch has been crowned since it was commissioned by Henry III in the 13th century.

The painting, which is the only official portrait of Her Majesty in her Diamond Jubilee year, was unveiled on Friday by the Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce. It depicts the Monarch in full regalia, including robes and her coronation jewellery, amid the grand architecture of Westminster Abbey. Entitled The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, it is part of a new display marking the Diamond Jubilee.

View the full portrait at Ralph Heimans' website

Mr Heimans gave explained what he tried to achieve through the portrait: “Through the narrative of the portrait I wanted to produce a work of particular significance for the Diamond Jubilee. By representing the Queen as she reflects on this incredible milestone in her life, I wanted to explore the dynamic between her public role and the personal, emotional dimension. ”

“I hope there is a degree of humanity uncommon in traditional Royal portraits. I wanted her expression to be open to interpretation so that people could imagine what she was thinking at that moment, but I think there is a sense of tenderness and soulfulness, as well as nostalgia and contemplation. But there is also a suggestion of her inner strength.  She has an extraordinary aura and a real energy and presence.” He added that he was inspired by Westminster Abbey itself: “The setting of Westminster Abbey is the most aesthetically spectacular an artist could ever choose. That inspired me.”

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5 Responses to New Official Portrait of Queen Elizabeth Unveiled

  1. pmzq says:

    Not sure about this. She looks too melancholy to me. I would have rather seen a smile when she is looking at that spot. To me she’s thinking is “why did this happen to me, and ruin my life”.

  2. ian russell says:

    Great portrait, shows our Queenin reflective moodmm

  3. Nathalia says:

    Well, many wish to see a smile, but that is not the style of this artist. As the one of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was without a smile, it is traditionally Victorian. Queen Victoria did not like when one would smile in a photo or a portrait for it makes them look like they do not take their role seriously. I for one love this and all other paintings done by this artist! :)

  4. natalya says:

    Wonderful piece of art ! Very talented! Very inspiring!

  5. Shirley-Anne Thomson says:

    This portait is absolutely magnificent our Queen looks splendid in her Royal robes and the surroundings are perfect.

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