The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Portrait

  February 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm by

The British Royal Court has published two new portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession, which occurs tomorrow, February 6th.

View the full image at TheDiamondJubilee

The portraits were taken in December by Mr John Swannell, who has photographed members of the Royal Family on multiple occassions, including the Golden Jubilee portrait in 2002. One portrait shows the Queen alone, and then with her husband. They were taken in the Centre Room of Buckingham Palace.

In the background of the Queen’s individual portrait, the Victoria Memorial outside the Palace can be seen. Queen Victoria is the only other British monarch to have reached her Diamond Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth wears Queen Victoria’s Collet Necklace in the portrait, in another detail to link the two jubilees (Queen Victoria herself wore the necklace in her Diamond Jubilee portrait).

Queen Elizabeth released a statement in conjunction with the portraits, reiterating that she will serve as Queen for the rest of her life. As has been the case since 1952, abdication is not an option for the 85-year-old. The Queen also said that both she and Prince Philip were “deeply moved to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee” and that she hopes this year will allow everyone “to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart.”

Tomorrow, the anniversary of her accession (and the anniversary of her father, King George VI’s death), Queen Elizabeth will attend a private mass in Sandringham before undertaken some small engagements in the area.

Click here to read more about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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10 Responses to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Portrait

  1. Dilip Ghose says:

    God Save the Queen! My best wishes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

  2. Karen Anderson says:

    I would give anything to be in London to be able to see all this. I have always been interested in Royalty. We live in South Africa, and when I was a little girl my Granny who lived in England, sent me the newspapers of the Duke and Duchess of Kents wedding and this started me off. God Bless the Queen, may she reign for many more years to come, in good health and stable mind. Karen Anderson

  3. Joyce Small says:

    I can still remember very well the coronation of Queen
    Elizabeth II back in 1952. I was almost 7 years old living in Seattle
    and going to Leschi Elementary School. Back in those
    days we didn’t have color TV so it was in black
    and white but I still remember it very well.
    Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II on this momentous



  6. Such a great Occasion which I have the plesure and honor to pray to God to Bless her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the great
    ( Queen of great Britain )
    With alot of Congratulations and wish her Majesty ever Wonderful Wishes for the diamond crown .
    Your majesty matronly added the prestige more greatness
    Wish God return it back many times again EIMEN 🙂
    Ever Fithfull Regards

  7. Sandra Elaine Bailey says:

    Congratulations to your Majesty. May you have more wonderful days as such.
    With my best wishes and warmest regards
    Mrs. Sandra Elaine Bailey

  8. Charna Blumberg says:

    On her 21st birthday, the Queen made a speech from South Africa in which she said that, “…my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service….” She has certainly kept that vow. God Save the Queen.

  9. Simona Gruttadauria Geleng says:

    Congratulations to HRH, for serving her great country with such dedication and for expressing her desire to continue to do so. I am Italian and have been fond of Queen Elizabeth since my childhood, as my Granny passed this on to me.
    I am proud to belong to two cultures and proud to say that the Queen of
    England is to be universally admired.
    Simona Gruttadauria Geleng


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