Platinum Jubilee: New portrait of the Queen unveiled 

A new portrait of the Queen has been unveiled for the Platinum Jubilee - which celebrates the 70 years the Queen has been the monarch.
Platinum Jubilee: New portrait of the Queen unveiled

Platinum Jubilee: New portrait of the Queen unveiled 

A new portrait of the Queen has been unveiled for the Platinum Jubilee – which celebrates the 70 years the Queen has been the monarch. 

In a special message, she said “many happy memories will be created” over the next four days. 

The Queen, 96, says she hopes the festivities will provide people with an opportunity to reflect on the country’s achievements since 1952, adding that she is looking to the future with “confidence and enthusiasm.” 

“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,” she said.

“I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions.

“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.”

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee portrait 

The portrait shows the Queen in Windsor Castle wearing a dusk dove blue Angela Kelly coat. 

The image was taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie in the Victoria Vestibule in the Queen’s private apartments at Windsor.

Trooping the Colour arrangements amended

The Queen will appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace twice on the first day of the Jubilee celebrations. 

The long bank holiday weekend begins with the traditional Trooping the Colour military spectacle on Thursday – involving more than 1,500 officers and soldiers and 350 horses from the Household Division.

Platinum Jubilee: New portrait of the Queen unveiled
Platinum Jubilee: New portrait of the Queen unveiled

The Queen will not attend the event – but Prince Charles will be there in her place, joined by Harry and Meghan. 

The Queen will take a salute when the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the Guard return to the palace. 

She will be joined by other working members of the Royal Family on the balcony to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force. 

On Horse Guards Parade, the Prince of Wales will take the salute and inspect the troops of the Household Division on Her Majesty’s behalf, joined by the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal.

It will mark the first time during her reign, the Queen has not carried out this duty. The monarch has in recent years been struggling with mobility issues. 

Harry and Meghan at Platinum Jubilee  

Prince Harry and Meghan will have an excellent vantage point with members of the monarchy from the Duke of Wellington’s former office. 

They will overlook Horse Guards Parade, where Charles will inspect the guardsmen and officers and take their salute. 

Prince Andrew is not expected to join the royals. 

Harry and Meghan are also expected to attend Friday’s service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. 

Crowds who have been camping overnight on the Mall will see the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester travel to Horse Guards Parade by carriage before they watch the parade.

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