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Artist who was working as a cleaner to make ends meets lands the Queen as his first ever portrait commission - Telegraph

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When he was working as a cleaner to make ends meet, aspiring artist Alastair Barford wondered whether he would ever make a living as a painter.

His future is looking rather brighter now, after he landed his first ever commission: a portrait of the Queen.

Mr Barford, 28, was hired by the Illustrated London News (ILN) to paint Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her becoming our longest-reigning monarch, a landmark she will reach on September 9.

Mr Barford, from Bridport in Dorset, said: “The whole thing was quite a shock really. I had an email one Monday asking me if I would paint the Queen, and the next week I was at the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle.

“I was there for two hours, watching her from a distance, but I could only see her for about 10 minutes of that time. I made some sketches, got what I could, and had someone taking photographs, but it wasn’t a fantastic way of doing it.”

“It was daunting, because painting her comes with a lot of expectations as she means so much to so many people, yet I didn’t have a chance to get to know her, which I usually do with my subjects.
Alastair Barford produces stunning portrait of the Queen in first commissioned piece of work | Daily Mail Online

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I think it is just brilliant. It is her to a T.
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I think this is an incredible portrait. I love it and that fact that we have information regarding how it was created, adds to that. Not keen on the lack of background but that is just me.

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. The point is that we are hopefully going to witness history in the making, English history will be made on that day, history books will be re-written. Out will go Victoria's name and will come Elizabeth II as the longest reigning monarch. That is the reality, that is it's importance. It may be a historical fluke but there it is.
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:36 AM
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Kensington Palace marks longest serving monarch with film installation.

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Old 09-04-2015, 09:51 AM
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That is a very lovely portrait. The artist got Her Majesty just right.


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I think he absolutely nailed it. One of the best portraits of the Queen I've ever seen. Well done Mr. Bradford!!!!
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:31 AM
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I think he absolutely nailed it. One of the best portraits of the Queen I've ever seen. Well done Mr. Bradford!!!!

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Old 09-04-2015, 12:23 PM
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Prince Charles shun's the Queen's celebration to be with Ant and Dec* | Daily Mail Online
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When I disclosed that the Queen would be celebrating the milestone of becoming our longest-reigning monarch with a dinner attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at her Scottish retreat Balmoral, there was some surprise that Prince Charles would not be joining them.

Palace sources said the heir to the throne would instead honour a long-standing commitment to spend the day, September 9, at Dumfries House, the stately home he helped rescue for the nation, in Ayrshire, 150 miles away.
Seb - If the Queen is going to celebrate (something I doubt she will be doing), Charles will be there.
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People who drool about the Queen as "the epitome of duty" can only admire the Prince of Wales to honour his long-standing commitment and sense of duty for September 9th...

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On 9 September 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning sovereign in Canada’s modern era, exceeding the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

To mark this historic reign, the Bank of Canada will issue a special commemorative bank note in 2015. The note will be a variation of the existing $20 polymer bank note that already features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The variation will incorporate a special mention of Her Majesty’s reign.
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From the British monarchy twitter / facebook accounts.

Today, we’re looking back at The Queen’s work in the 1970s, a decade when Her Majesty marked 25 years on the throne with Silver Jubilee celebrations throughout the year, including Her Majesty’s tours of the UK and Commonwealth.

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It was a decade of firsts: The tradition of the 'walkabout' began in New Zealand, allowing The Queen to meet more people than ever before.

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In 1971 The Queen received Emperor Hirohito of Japan on his first State Visit to Britain since the Second World War.

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1977 saw Silver Jubilee Celebrations throughout the year, including Her Majesty's tours of the UK and Commonwealth.

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The main Silver Jubilee weekend was marked with a public holiday, a thanksgiving service and street parties around the country.

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The Queen's Silver Jubilee Appeal was launched in 1977, giving the public a change to show its gratitude for her service. Now known as The Queen's Trust, the Queen chose that the appeal should focus on raising funds to support young people. The work of The Queen's Trust continues today.

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In 1979 The Queen received the first female prime minister at Buckingham Palace, when Margaret Thatcher replaced James Callaghan as leader, and she became the first British Sovereign to travel to the Middle East and long before the invention of the worldwide web, The Queen became the first Monarch to send an email during a visit to an army base in 1976.

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From today's Twitter and FB pages?
Yes - I found it - here's th elink: https://twitter.com/BritishMonarchy
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Yes - I found it - here's th elink: https://twitter.com/BritishMonarchy
Oh, I forgot to mention it, but I have corrected it now.

Have you met the Queen? Celebrate her becoming our longest-reigning monarch by sharing YOUR stories - Mirror Online
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:27 PM
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Queen Elizabeth the great The Spectator
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The second Elizabethan age has been an era of achievement – and the Queen deserves a significant share of the credit


That the Queen has lived to become our longest-reigning monarch — a milestone which she will mark quietly with a lunch next Wednesday — is in itself a sign of the golden age of prosperity which has been the second Elizabethan age. Over the 63 years of her reign, life expectancy for women has increased by a dozen years, to 83. The Queen may be remarkable for her age, but she is far from alone in modern Britain for having lived to a great age in good health. A team of 12 is now needed to send out royal telegrams congratulating those of her subjects to celebrate their 100th birthday.

To the increase in longevity over the past six decades can be added huge economic and social advancements. Almost all of it would, of course, have happened whoever was on the throne — and, as the Queen recognises, no matter who was in Downing Street. In a speech to the UN five years ago, she observed a truth that few politicians acknowledge: the greatest achievements are not guided by leaders, but by people being left alone to achieve what they can. ‘Remarkably, many of these sweeping advances have come about not because of governments, committee resolutions, or central directives — although all these have played a part — but instead because millions of people around the world have wanted them.’

The Queen’s own patriotism — a faith in the courage and character of her subjects — has informed her approach to her reign. She does not itch, as her eldest son sometimes does, to steer ministers one direction or another. Her approach has been one of service. Her daily schedule would alarm and exhaust someone half her age.

The most remarkable aspect of her reign is not its longevity, but its success. Britain has achieved something almost unprecedented in the history of human societies: the peaceful unwinding of an empire which, with a few exceptions, has been neither violent nor tragic. The Queen leads the Commonwealth with as much confidence as her great-great-grandmother ruled the empire; the difference being, of course, that membership of the Commonwealth is by choice and it is therefore an institution which is likely to be far longer lasting.

The Queen has succeeded in persuading former colonies to maintain an alliance with Britain because she is the world’s most accomplished diplomat. She is a tireless traveller and a meticulous observer of protocol. It is a tribute to her skill and carefulness that, even after being the centre of national life and appearing on a public platform in some form for almost every day for the past six decades, we still have next to no idea of her politics. We can guess, from her interests, that her private views are probably more aligned with those of the Countryside Alliance than the animal rights groups. Yet if she has political conversations in private, these have never leaked out.

That is the point about the reign of Elizabeth II. It is not just that the British public supports the monarchy by a very comfortable majority; they hold the Queen herself in huge affection — so much so that not even the Scottish Nationalists, who would happily untie everything else from the Act of Union, wish to remove the Queen as their head of state.

The British monarchy could easily have crumbled in 1936, or fallen with the empire, or been weakened by the marital scandals of the 1990s. That the crown has never been stronger is largely down to the strength of character of the Queen herself. She has preserved and strengthened the monarchy through humility and patriotism. The people whom she has served with such devotion have every reason to wish that the second Elizabethan age lasts many more years.
And I like this picture from the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...29_964x535.jpg

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The Queen did not want a fuss, but that was always going to be a vain hope.

When she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch on Wednesday, bells will peal out up and down the country, cathedral services will be held and there will a pageant on the River Thames.

The Royal Collection will stage exhibitions celebrating her achievement at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Holyrood House in Edinburgh.
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People who drool about the Queen as "the epitome of duty" can only admire the Prince of Wales to honour his long-standing commitment and sense of duty for September 9th...

You took the words right out of my mouth on this one.
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Queen Elizabeth II Becomes Longest Reigning British Monarch: September 9, 2015

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And I like this picture from the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...29_964x535.jpg

This isn't the whole article, but maybe i've posted too much of it.
Thank you for sharing this. I love the sign. It describes Her Majesty to a tee. In our world of politicians, and crazy celebrities, it's great to have someone who has class, and a work ethic that should make others envious. I'll be honest, I call in sick, and very rarely feel guilty, because if I'm not in my best form, what good am I to my students? Yet, this woman, who is a lot older than me, goes, and does what has to be done regardless of weather, her personal feelings, etc. That is something to be admired. It doesn't look like much to some, but in today's entitlement-driven mindset, it's a breath of fresh air.



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Thank you for sharing this. I love the sign. It describes her Majesty to a tee. In our world of politicians, and crazy celebrities, it's great to have someone who has class, and a work ethic that should make others envious. I'll be honest, I call in sick, and very rarely feel guilty, because if I'm not in my best form, what good am I to my students? Yet, this woman, who is a lot older than me, goes, and does what has to be done regardless of weather, her personal feelings, etc. That is something to be admired. It doesn't look like much to some, but in today's entitlement-driven mindset, it's a breath of fresh air.



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