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Queen Elizabeth Unveiled a Regal New Portrait of Herself at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

The royal is continuing her streak as the most portrayed British monarch in history.
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There’s a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, and as one could only assume it is downright regal.

The latest oil painting of the 92-year-old monarch is now prominently displayed at her Scottish residence. Created by artist Nicky Philipps (who has painted Queen Elizabeth before), it features the head of the royal family in sumptuous green ceremonial robes and a collar of the Order of the Thistle, which is the highest order of chivalry in Scotland.


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The Queen wore these exact dark green robes, as well as a feathered black velvet hat (not pictured in the painting) for the annual Order of the Thistle service in July of this year to install new members to the order in St. Gile’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. She was accompanied by her grandson, Prince William, and her daughter, Princess Anne, who also donned the ceremonial garb for the service.


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In the background of the portrait, Philipps has painted cloudy gray skies and the Salisbury Crags cliffs, which are located in Holyrood Park near the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

This new painting was commissioned by the Royal Collection Trust to be put on display in the Royal Dining Room alongside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother, which was created by Sir William Elephant Hutchison in 1967 to enhance the visitor experience at the palace.

Philipps has not only previously painted the Queen, but Prince William and Harry as well.

Queen Elizabeth also unveiled a new portrait of herself in October at a visit to the Royal Air Force Club for its 100th anniversary. This painting, by Ben Sullivan, is of a different nature, featuring the Queen seated and dressed in a light blue dress and pearls with her signature Launer London handbag sitting beside her.

According to the National Portrait Gallery, Queen Elizabeth is associated with over 928 portraits (both painted and photographed) and is not only the longest serving British monarch, but the most portrayed royal in history.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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