Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee and released a brand new portrait to honor 70 years on the throne.
The portrait of the Queen was released on Wednesday and marked the beginning of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The events kicked off Thursday morning with Trooping the Color.
The portrait was photographed by Ranald Mackechnie and was shot on May 25 in the Victoria Vestibule at Windsor Castle. The Queen is notably more casual in this photograph than past Jubilee portraits. She opted for a soft blue coatdress and her go-to pearls.
The Queen notably opted out of a Crown for the portrait. For her Silver Jubilee portrait, she wore the Imperial State Crown. For her Golden and Diamond Jubilees, she wore tiaras, a royal sash and medals.
Queen Elizabeth also issued a personal message along with the portrait ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. “Thank you to everyone who has been involved in convening communities, families, neighbours and friends to mark my Platinum Jubilee, in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth. I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions,” she said.
“I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last seventy years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm,” the Queen concluded, signing the message “Elizabeth R.”
Check out the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee portrait below: