Everywhere she goes, Queen Elizabeth II may see portraits and pictures of herself. Here’s one from the beginning of her reign in an exhibit in the new Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Museum at Scotland’s Stirling Castle, which she officially opened on June 29, 2021, as part of her annual trip to Scotland for Royal Week.
A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, by Miriam Escofet, is unveiled at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London as the queen watches via video conference from Windsor Castle, July 25, 2020.
A new statue of Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled by Her Majesty virtually on Feb. 24, 2021, during a video conference with officials in South Australia.
A new statue of Queen Elizabeth II, by sculptor Robert Hannaford, was recently installed on the grounds of Government House in Adelaide, South Australia.
Artist Miriam Escofet stands next to her portrait of Queen Elizabeth II unveiled at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London as the queen watched via video conference, July 25, 2020.
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by artist Stuart Brown, views the latest portrait of herself, commissioned by the RAF Regiment to celebrate its 75th anniversary, at Windsor Castle on Nov. 30, 2018. The painting is to hang at an RAF base in Suffolk.
A sculpture by artist Matt Marga, “One Million Queen,” depicts Queen Elizabeth II in one million crystals and 53 diamonds embedded in a clear sheet and illuminated on Park Lane in Hyde Park in London, on Nov. 29, 2018.
Queen Elizabeth II unveils a portrait of herself by artist Benjamin Sullivan and commissioned to celebrate 100 years of the RAF Club during a visit to the club in London on Oct. 17, 2018.
Queen Elizabeth II in a 2014 portrait photo by David Bailey released Feb. 6, 2017, to mark her Sapphire Jubilee of 65 years on the throne. She is wearing a suite of sapphire jewelry given to her by her father, King George VI, as a wedding present in 1947.
Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a new portrait of herself, by British artist Henry Ward, to mark her six decades as patron of the British Red Cross, at Windsor Castle on Oct. 14, 2016.
The queen’s new portrait, set up in a room of portraits of her ancestors at Windsor Castle on Oct. 14, 2016. The painting, by British artist Henry Ward, marks her six decades as patron of the British Red Cross.
Queen Elizabeth II poses with husband Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh in photo taken by Annie Leibovitz to mark her 90th birthday, and released on June 10, 2016, which is also Philip’s 95th birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II overtakes her great great-grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest reigning monarch, at just over 63 years, on Wednesday. At 89, hers is the most famous, most photographed, most painted face in the world. She’s on the money, on the stamps, and on many, many official portraits, more than 130 painted portraits alone over her reign, according to Buckingham Palace. The British National Portrait Gallery in London has more than 900 images of her at last count. Take a look at some of her portraits, starting with “warts and all-style” depiction by royal portrait painter Richard Stone. This 1980 artwork makes no attempt to hide her wrinkles, furrowed brow and graying temples.
This was probably her first picture, at her christening, in May 1926, as Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York. With her in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace are, left to right: (aunt) Lady Elphinstone, (uncle) Duke of Connaught, (grandmother) Queen Mary, (grandfather) King George V, (mother) Duchess of York and baby, (father) Duke of York, (maternal grandmother) Countess of Strathmore, (maternal grandfather) Earl of Strathmore and (aunt) Princess Mary the Viscountess Lascelles.
An official portrait taken just before her coronation on June 2, 1953. She was just 26, married to Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, and the mother of two small children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
An artwork of Her Majesty by Andy Warhol in the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition ‘The Queen: Art & Image’ on May 16, 2012 in London. The exhibit featured a wide-ranging display of images of The Queen from throughout her then-60 year reign.
The hologram ‘Lightness of Being’ of the queen, by Chris Levine, and Kim Dong Yoo’s painting ‘Elizabeth II vs Diana’ (R), a giant oil made of scores of faces of Princes Diana, are some of the artworks in the exhibit to celebrate the queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
A portrait by artist Chris Levine at Asprey on May 28, 2012 in London. The portrait incorporates a jeweled diadem created by the jewelers Asprey, in conjunction with the artist as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The diadem includes 1,000 white brilliant cut diamonds, and is a recreation of the original worn by the queen for the procession to her Coronation in 1953.
The queen’s portrait appears on the money and often on commemorative coins, such as this five-pound coin issued by The Royal Mint in July 2015 to commemorate the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Sketches pinned to a board show the latest portrait of the queen at The Royal Mint. The Mint released a 20 pound ($30) coin showing the five portraits of her used on coins during her reign.
The new commemorative coin shows five portraits of the queen used on coins from the start of her reign to the present.
The queen wears a white satin evening gown embroidered in gold and pearls together with the riband and star of the Order of the Garter in this portrait from March 23, 1957. She celebrated the 43rd anniversary of ascension to the British throne on Feb. 6, 1995.
A flag with the queen’s portrait is made entirely of Lego pieces, in the window of a shop in central London, in May 2012, ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
A selection of British pound notes from 2006, featuring portrait of the queen.
A straightforward portrait by 31-year-old artist Antony Williams unveiled May 8, 1996. Williams was commissioned by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Not so straightforward is famed Lucian Freud’s portrait of the queen from 2001. His characteristically uncompromising and unflattering style features her glum expression, her jowly and severe facial features. The painting was shown in ‘Royal Treasures: A Golden Jubilee Celebration,’ the inaugural exhibition at the new Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, that opened in May 2002.
Every British official building and ship around the world has a portrait of the queen. Two Royal Navy sailors carry the portrait through HMS Tamar, the British Forces’ Hong Kong headquarters, for the last time as the royal pictures were taken down in June 1997 as British rule in Hong Kong came to an end. Tamar was taken over by China’s People’s Liberation Army.
From the book ‘Annie Leibovitz: At Work,’ a portrait of the queen, at Buckingham Palace, in 2007.
This portrait by the renowned British photographer David Bailey was released on April 20, 2014 to mark her 88th birthday on April 21. The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and was commissioned on behalf of the British Government’s GREAT Britain campaign to highlight Britain as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education.
When Duchess Kate, Prince William and Prince George visited New Zealand in 2014, they unveiled a new portrait of the queen meant for Government House in Wellington.
Everyone wants to have a portrait of the queen, and it’s even better if it’s signed. Here, the queen signs a portrait at the Broadway Theatre on July 16, 2015 in Barking, England.
The queen frequently recives portraits as gifts, such as this one entitled ‘Pferd in Royalblau’ (Horse in Royal Blue) by artist Nicole Leidenfrost, given to her by German President JoachimGauck during a visit to Bellevue Palace inBerlin, in June 2015. The painting depicts Princess Elizabeth, then 9, on a pony next to her father King George VI. Leidenfrost created the painting after being commissioned by the office of the German president during the queen’s fifth state visit to Germany. The queen, who knows horses, was overheard saying, “It’s a strange color for a horse.”
A giant portrait of the queen at the Technical University in Berlin, during her June 2015 state visit.
Oil portrait by artist Alastair Barford, showing her in Robes of the Order of the Garter, commissioned in 2015 by ‘Illustrated London News’ for book ‘The Record Reign’ (recordreign.com) to mark her becoming Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
This most unusual photo portrait was unveiled in August 2015. The quadruple full-length portrait, by British photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas, was made in 2013 using mirrors to show each sitter from all four sides. The Queen is wearing the Waterloo badge of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and the portrait was taken to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Colonelship of the Regiment. The portrait also echoes a famous painting by Van Dyck of one of her predecessors, King Charles I, in triplicate.
Maybe the most impressive portrait of recent years, this one by Ralph Heimans was commissioned to mark her 60 years on the throne. It hangs in the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey.
To mark her historic reign, the queen was photographed by Mary McCartney, photographer daughter of Sir Paul McCartney, at work on official documents in her royal dispatch boxes in the private audience room at Buckingham Palace in July. She has done this virtually every day for 63 years.
Leibovitz also photographed the queen for the ‘Vanity Fair’ June/July cover, again with her dogs at Windsor Castle.