Queen smiles as she celebrates historic 70 year reign in Platinum Jubilee portrait

Queen smiles as she celebrates historic 70 year reign in Platinum Jubilee portrait

June 1, 2022

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II has been released in order to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The specially commissioned portrait sees Her Majesty, 96, smiling in the Victoria Vestibule at Windsor Castle, with the Castle’s Round Tower, and the statue of King Charles II, which stands in the Quadrangle of the Castle, both visible in the background.

The photograph, which was taken on 25 May, celebrates the beginning of the Queen's historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with festivities across the UK set to begin on Thursday 2 June.

She also issued a sweet message along with the portrait, thanking those who are planning to celebrate her 70 year reign and wishing them well.

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Her Majesty's message reads: "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.

"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."

She can be seen smiling while sitting on a green cushion in front of the window the Victoria Vestibule, wearing a light blue dress with embellishment around the neck and down the front.

The Queen paired her stunning frock with a pair of pearl earrings and a matching pearl necklace, along with a small hold watch.

The portrait's release comes as people across the UK are gearing up to celebration the monarch's historic 70 year reign, with some royal fans already camping outside of Buckingham Palace.

Other superfans started to gather outside The Mall, ahead of the upcoming celebrations.

The Queen will kickoff her Jubilee bash with Trooping the Colour on Thursday 2 June – a ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army.

Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will gather in the traditional parade, which marks Her Majesty's official birthday each year. It will begin at Buckingham Palace, before moving The Mall to Horse Guard's Parade, with members of the Royal Family joining on horseback and in carriages.

Trooping the Colour finished with the traditional RAF fly-past, which the Queen watches from the Palace balcony alongside members of the Royal Family

She will be joined by on the balcony by only working members of the Royal Family, such as on the balcony Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

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