- The Queen’s latest photo was released to open the four-day platinum jubilee.
- The Queen thanked “all those involved in holding the Communities, Families, Neighbors and Friends” on the official Jubilee programme.
- While the Queen was confined to the castle and away from many public appearances, the palace shared photos of her at home to greet visitors and work.
Historic portrait of a historic occasion: Queen Elizabeth II released a special portrait on Wednesday to mark the inauguration of the four-day Platinum Jubilee to celebrate 70 years on the throne.
The photo shows her standing amid reminders of her royal ancestors at Windsor Castle, the 952-year-old castle where she now lives full time.
Photographer Ranald Mackechnie took the photo on May 25, showing the Queen in front of a window at the Victoria Vestibule, part of the castle’s condos named after the Queen’s great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.
In the background is the castle’s famous Round Tower, which now houses the royal archives and historical photos in the royal collection, and the statue of King Charles II standing in Quadrangle Castle.
The 96-year-old also issued a message ahead of the jubilee celebrations that begin on Thursday. The message is included in the Official Platinum Jubilee Program:
“Thank you to everyone who took part in the gathering of communities, families, neighbors and friends to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, in the UK and across the Commonwealth,” the letter read, according to Buckingham Palace.
“I know that many happy memories will be created on these festive occasions. I am still inspired by the goodwill you have shown me, and I hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the past seventy years as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”
The palace announcement said the Queen was wearing a dark blue chameleon coat and dress with pearls and diamonds around the neckline and cascading down the front of the coat. This outfit was created by longtime stylist, dresser and close associate, Angela Kelly.
“It is my honor and privilege to request” the commission to produce the official platinum jubilee photo, Macchini said in a statement.
McKinney has taken two previous photos of the Queen, both alongside her direct heirs: her son, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; His eldest son, Prince William, and eldest son, Prince George. The first photo celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016. The second photo, published in 2020, marks the beginning of the new decade.
This is the latest photo of the Queen released during this 70th year of her reign, and is the longest-running of any queen in English or British history. In February, to mark the day she became Queen in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI, the Palace released a new image in celebration of Throne Day.
Smiling broadly and in a pale green dress, she appears at the parlor in Sandringham, her home in Norfolk, seated with one of the red mailboxes filled with government papers, her father’s portrait beside her. The photo seemed designed to express her joy at reaching this achievement and her firm promise to fulfill her job.
Although she was locked up in the castle during the COVID-19 pandemic, her mobility issues as well as the bout of the virus kept her out of public appearances last year, the palace arranged for her to be photographed at home as a formal tribute. Visitors, state papers workers, or view historical artifacts collected as part of jubilee festivities.
Started by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor Castle is located about 25 miles west of London. According to a brief history given by the palace, it was originally fenced with wood. In the late 12th century, Henry II began replacing exterior fortifications with stone. The original Norman building was reconstructed as a round tower in 1170.
In the 14th century, Edward III transformed Windsor Castle from a military fortress into a Gothic palace. The transformation continued under subsequent kings, notably King George IV who ascended the throne in 1820. He and his artistic advisor, Sir Charles Long, wanted Windsor’s exterior to be more splendid and castle-like, eventually doubling the height of the round tower, and re- Outerwear with massive stones, adding turrets and slots.
The statue of King Charles II is the work of sculptor and sculptor Greenling Gibbons, who was appointed as a surveyor and repairman for carving works in Windsor in 1682. It is one of the three Gibbons statues of the third king of the Stuart dynasty, who died in 1685.