Buckingham Palace publishes new portrait of Queen Elizabeth ahead of funeral

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Buckingham Palace released a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday ahead of her funeral.

The photo, taken by Ranald Mackechnie in May 2022 at Windsor Castle, ahead of the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – shows the late monarch smiling, dressed in a blue outfit, pearl earrings and a three piece Pearl necklace .

Released by Buckingham Palace on September 18, 2022, this photo shows Queen Elizabeth II being photographed at Windsor Castle in May 2022.

Royal House/Ranald Mackechnie via Getty Images

The Queen wore the brooches when she delivered her Diamond Jubilee message – for her 60 years on the throne in 2012 – as well as during her speech celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020, 75 years since the end of World War II.

Camilla, the Queen’s consort, paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth as part of a TBEN broadcast that aired Sunday night.

King Chales III also released a message thanking the British public and people around the world for their good wishes after the death of his mother.

“As we all prepare to say goodbye, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my family and myself during this time of grief,” he said, according to Reuters.

The Queen died on September 8 at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, after doctors had previously placed her “under medical supervision”.

She was the country’s longest-reigning monarch.

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