Jubilee Portrait Released Before Funeral

One in every of Queen Elizabeth II’s closing posed portraits.
Courtesy of Buckingham Palace

A brand new photograph of Queen Elizabeth II was launched on Sunday, September 18, hours earlier than her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

“Forward of Her Majesty The Queen’s Funeral, a brand new {photograph} has been launched,” the official royal household Instagram account introduced. “It was taken this 12 months to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, as she turned the primary British Monarch to succeed in this milestone. Tomorrow, thousands and thousands will come collectively to commemorate her exceptional life.”

The monarch died on September 8 at Balmoral Fort in Scotland. She was 96 and had not too long ago celebrated 70 years on the British throne. Her son King Charles III has acceded her.

Within the official photograph, the queen wore her iconic triple-strand pearl necklace with matching earrings, equipment she has cherished for many years. She paired her trademark pearls with a powder blue outfit. The look seems to match the one she donned for her speech to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of VE Day in Could 2020.

The late regent topped off the look with twin aquamarine clip brooches, which she usually wore all through her life. She obtained them from mother and father King George VI and Queen Elizabeth as a part of a set of jewels to name her personal on her 18th birthday in 1944.

She selected to put on the brooches many instances over the a long time together with throughout a state go to to the Netherlands in 1958, a 2006 Thanksgiving service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and her speech on the state opening of parliament in Could 2021.

The artwork deco-style items characteristic aquamarines and diamonds. Whereas they’re also known as Cartier clips as a result of the designer popularized the model, the dual baubles had been made by Boucheron, based on the Royal Assortment. They had been initially purchased by her uncle, Prince George, Duke of Kent, for his spouse, Princess Marina, in July 1937, days after she was in a minor automotive accident, Vanity Fair studies.

Marina and George’s kids, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael of Kent, are Elizabeth’s first cousins and nonetheless working members of the royal household. Edward and Michael might be within the procession main the queen’s casket into Westminster Abbey on Monday.

They’ll be a part of the sovereign’s kids — King Charles III, Princess Anne (and husband Sir Timothy Laurence), Prince Andrew and Prince Edward (and spouse Sophie, Countess of Wessex) — in addition to King Charles III’s youngsters — Prince William (with spouse Princess Kate) and Prince Harry (with spouse Meghan Markle) — and the Duke of Cambridge’s eldest son and daughter, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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