Queen’s new portrait features special detail to show personal side to monarch
THE Queen’s latest portrait has been unveiled and the stunning painting includes a special extra detail that the artist almost left out, revealing a more personal side to the monarch.
In the new portrait, painted to celebrate 100 years of the RAF Club, award-winning artist Benjamin Sullivan captured Her Majesty sitting in Windsor Castle’s white drawing room.
And the work includes the Queen’s trusty black handbag – which she is frequently pictured with – after the monarch placed the accessory next to her chair as she sat down for the portrait.
Mr Sullivan admitted that he could have left the bag out, but he decided to include the personal detail which has delighted royal fans.
The artist said: “I think the idea was to capture something of the role of the monarch, but one tries to get behind that to the person.
“And I really like the idea her handbag was placed in front of the gilt chair. It was almost happenstance that it was placed there but it gives some idea there’s actually a person as well as a figurehead – it’s personal.
“It’s where she put it, and I thought I could take it out, but then I thought – actually it’s quite a nice thing, a personal thing.”
The painting shows the Queen looking regal in a light blue dress as she sits in an ornate chair, with her handbag positioned to her right.
The portrait was commissioned by the RAF Club to mark its centenary.
Mr Sullivan had one sitting with the Queen in February for the painting.
Her Majesty watched the portrait being unveiled last week as she attended the RAF Club in London for its big anniversary.
The 92-year-old opened a new wing at the club during the visit, which includes a stained glass window to honour women of the Royal Air Force.
The Queen was pictured deep in conversation with Jo Salter, Britain’s first female RAF fast-jet pilot, who discussed the impressive window with Her Majesty.
The monarch looked typically elegant for the engagement, wearing a blue outfit with an eye-catching hat.
Her Majesty’s visit to the RAF Club comes three years after Prince Philip was caught on camera appearing to swear at a photographer after becoming impatient as he waited for a picture to be taken at the club’s headquarters in 2015.
The Duke of Edinburgh was posing during a photocall for the Battle of Britain, when he appeared to say to the photographer: “Just take the f****** picture.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK