Never-before-seen portrait of Queen Elizabeth released ahead of her funeral

Never-before-seen portrait of Queen Elizabeth released ahead of her funeral
The unseen portrait was taken in May before the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Buckingham Palace has released a previously unseen photograph of Queen Elizabeth, ahead of her funeral on Monday morning.

The photograph, taken at Windsor Castle, was captured by photographer Ranald Mackechnie in May before the monarch marked her Platinum Jubilee.

The late monarch chose some of her favourite pieces of jewellery for the special portrait, including two diamond brooches gifted to her by her father George VI for her 18th birthday.

 

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Throughout her life, the Queen has been captured in many portraits and photographed by some of the most famous artists, including Annie Leibovitz, Cecil Beaton and Lord Snowden.

Photographs have ranged from the grand and illustrious, such as Beaton’s famous coronation portrait in her regalia, to intimate photographs where she was beaming to the camera with one of her beloved corgis.

In 1969, the Queen made the bold move to invite documentary filmmakers into her home, to depict her family and domestic life for a series called Royal Family. She was filmed working in her office, eating with her family and driving to the shops.

 

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One of the last portraits released of the Queen was captured by photographer Henry Dallal, showing the Queen smiling next to her two home-bred ponies, Bybeck Nightingale and Bybeck Katie, taken on the grounds of Windsor Castle to celebrate her 96th birthday.

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