Thursday, 23 June 2011

New Royal Portrait

A new portrait photograph of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, the first to be commissioned of the two together, has been released.

Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London, and unveiled as part of its touring exhibition The Queen: Art and Image.

The large-scale portrait, measuring 1.5m by 2m, shows the Queen and Prince Philip seated together in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

The photograph, which was taken on 7 April 2011, was commissioned to mark the Queen's forthcoming Diamond Jubilee and in the year of the Duke's 90th birthday.

"I wanted to leave them both in their royal environment, and of course not try to disguise who they are, but also show them as an elderly couple who are together,"  the artist Thomas Struth told arts editor Will Gompertz.

"I selected what in America you call a love seat, which is a small two-seater sofa which would make them sit together, and yet both in their own aura."

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Green Drawing Room : sticky canopes & either poured
G&T or white wine! Rather nice though. t'was invited for Golden celebrions as a direct addres to the Monarch. Looking forward to Diamond...