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Buckingham Palace releases new portrait of Queen Elizabeth ahead of funeral


Buckingham Palace released a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her funeral on Sunday.

In the photo, taken by Ranald Mackechnie in May 2022 at Windsor Castle ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations – marking 70 years on the throne – the late monarch is shown smiling, wearing a blue outfit, earrings in pearls and a three-row pearl necklace.

She also had aquamarine and diamond brooches pinned to her clothes, given to her by her father, George VI, for her 18th birthday in 1944, according to the BBC.

In this photo released by Buckingham Palace on September 18, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II is pictured at Windsor Castle in May 2022.

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The Queen wore the brooches when she delivered her Diamond Jubilee message – for her 60 years on the throne in 2012 – as well as during her speech in honor of the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020, marking 75 years since the end of World War II.

The Royal Family’s official Twitter page also shared a heartfelt video on Monday featuring several photos of the Queen over the years, with a note in part saying, “Remembering Our Queen.”

Camilla, the Queen Consort, paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth on a BBC show broadcast on Sunday evening.

“She has these wonderful blue eyes that when she smiles light up her whole face,” Camilla said. “I will always remember that smile. That smile is unforgettable.

King Chales III also posted a message thanking the British public and people around the world for their well wishes following the death of his mother.

“As we all prepare to say our final goodbyes, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such support and comfort to me and my family during this time of grief. “, did he declare. according to Reuters.

The Queen died aged 96 on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, after doctors previously placed her “under medical supervision”.

She was the longest-serving monarch in the country.



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