The Queen has three strict rules when the royal family sit down on Christmas
The Queen’s new portrait unveiled in Scotland – artist admits ‘it’s NERVE WRACKING’
A NEW portrait of the Queen has gone on show at Holyroodhouse, her official residence in Scotland, as the artist admits the commission was “nerve wracking”.
The oil painting by artist Nicky Philipps, shows Her Majesty, 92, wearing the ceremonial robes and collar of the Order of the Thistle. She stands proudly in front of a moody-looking Salisbury Crags backdrop in colours of green and white, with pearl earrings – but does not wear her crown. Royal fans and visitors to Holyroodhouse will be able to see the portrait in the Royal Dining Room, which is still use today by the Queen for entertaining guests. The artwork hangs alongside a painting of the Queen Mother, which was painted by Sir William Oliphant Hutchison in 1967, and sees her also wear the Order of the Thistle.
Ms Phillips said of the painting: “It’s nerve wracking, but it is enormous fun and it’s a fantastic honour to be asked to do it.”
The new portrait was commissioned by The Royal Collection Trust as part of an investment project to boost tourism to Holyroodhouse.
The Queen has posed for many portraits in her years as head of the Royal Family.
Some of the most memorable are Cecil Beaton’s Coronation Day portrait, which shows a young Queen Elizabeth in June 1954 being crowned, Ralph Heimans’ A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II showing her in Westminster Abbey in 2012 and HM Queen Elizabeth II, by Lucian Freud, which is a simple painting of her wearing a crown from 2001.
One of the more unorthodox portraits was Andy Warhol’s Queen Elizabeth from 1985, which is a pop art version of her 1977 official Silver Jubilee portrait.
It was famously Warhol’s last ever artwork before his death.
In the run-up to Christmas it has been revealed the Queen will historically spend the festive season with her family at Sandringham House in Norfolk. But present giving among the royals isn’t just wrapping up the gift and leaving it under the tree.
The Queen has three strict rules when the royal family sit down on Christmas Eve to open their presents.
The tradition surrounding the presents dates back decades and involves so-called “gag” gifts.
But there are also procedure and rules which must be followed at the Queen’s order.
The rules are no one should open their present until given permission by Prince Philip as he supervises the proceedings, every present should be a cheap “joke gift” and the cheaper the present, the better.
One of the most memorable Christmas presents has been an “Ain’t life a bitch” bath hat given to the Queen from Prince Harry.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK