Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Portrait: There’s Nothing Random About It

TL; DR: 

  • Queen Elizabeth II has released a portrait marking her Platinum Jubilee.
  • The simple portrait is filled with nods to her life and reign. 
  • Her portrait includes a meaningful location, jewelry of great significance, and more.
Queen Elizabeth II, who released a Platinum Jubilee portrait, smiles as she looks on wearing a blue suit
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Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee portrait is here. She’s celebrating 70 years on the throne with a special Platinum Jubilee portrait. Similar to previous portraits of Queen Elizabeth, not to mention photos on her desk or in the background during speeches, a lot of thought seems to go into every little detail. And Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee portrait is no exception. Everything, down to Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry, holds significance. 

Queen Elizabeth celebrates 70 years on the throne with a new portrait

On June 1, 2022, one day before Queen Elizabeth officially marked 70 years on the throne, Buckingham Palace released her Platinum Jubilee portrait. Seen on the royal family’s Twitter, it features the 96-year-old sporting a wide grin as she sits on a window sill at Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth wears a powder blue suit and a strand of her signature pearls.

“Her Majesty The Queen, the first Monarch in British history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee,” Buckingham Palace captioned the photo.

Queen Elizabeth also shared a “Platinum Jubilee message” on the royal family’s official website following the portrait’s release. 

“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,” she said. 

“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 signed off with “Elizabeth R.” 

Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee portrait features nods to Prince Philip, her cherished home, as well as her signature personal style

According to Newsweek, nods to her life and reign can be seen in Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee portrait.

The setting, Windsor Castle, is a place that holds many memories for her. It’s where she lived during World War II with her sister, Princess Margaret, and also where she raised her own children. 

In more recent years, it’s where she spent coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown with her husband, Prince Philip. Following his death at the age of 99 in April 2021, it served as the location of his funeral. 

She’s also wearing her engagement ring. Given to her by the Duke of Edinburgh, the sparkler’s said to have a secret hidden message.

Additionally, there’s the blue coat with pearl embellishments made by Queen Elizabeth’s aide, Angela Kelly. Finally, the two-strand pearl necklace Queen Elizabeth wears often during official duties and beyond. It was a wedding present from her father, King George VI, and the monarch’s been seen wearing it time and time again over the years.

Queen Elizabeth takes part in Platinum Jubilee festivities

From June 2-5, 2022, the UK has a bank holiday in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. Known as the central jubilee weekend, the four-day celebration is complete with all sorts of events. 

Thus far, Queen Elizabeth’s participated in Trooping the Colour and a lighting ceremony. On June 2, 2022, she stood on the Buckingham Palace balcony with working royals

Later, the palace announced she wouldn’t be attending a June 3 church service in her honor. The reason, according to CNN, experiencing “some discomfort” during the parade.

Meanwhile, Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue with horse races, a star-studded concert, and lunches before wrapping up on June 5. 

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