Queen-Elizabeth-II-Mary-McCartneyMary McCartney’s official new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II shows a working queen, sitting at her desk, going through documents in one of her official red dispatch boxes, as she has done almost every day for the last 63 years, with no sign of slowing down any time soon.

Today Queen Elizabeth surpassed Queen Victoria’s reign, having served as a monarch for 63 years and seven months — or according to Buckingham Palace exactly 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes. Here’s just a few of the portraits commissioned to mark Queen Elizabeth’s historic reign, from the dignified to the downright cheeky.


28-year-old Alastair Barford’s portrait, his first-ever commission, was based on 10 minute sketches made by Mr Barford at June’s Garter ceremony in Windsor


33-year-old Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark designed the fifth coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in March, the first since 1998. Left to right – Mary Gillick portrait (1953), the Raphael Maklouf portrait (1985), the new Jody Clark portrait, the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait (1968) and the Arnold Machin portrait.


Street artist Pegasus’s tribute raised a few eyebrows. “There is no denying that the queen was stunning when she was young.I wanted to honour that beauty but also portray her in a way that she has never been seen before”, he said, adding that “I am sure there are a few people who think I should be sent to the tower, and they are probably right.”


Artist Rebecca Newnham created this with 952 coffee mugs and 20 litres of paint. It took three weeks to make, is over eight feet tall and took eight people to lift

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Quentin Devine created this portrait using 1,952 coins.

4 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    Interesting selection of images. I wonder if the Queen is the most photographed woman in history.

    • Olga Hughes

      Probably not these days, isn’t there an agreement now that the press only photographs the royal family at official events?

      • Jasmine

        That certainly applies to the royal children, but I am not sure about the adult members.

      • Olga Hughes

        I think William counts as an adult now, I first read about it in relation to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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