Queen Elizabeth II’s life in portraits: 5 official paintings of the late monarch







Sophie Hamilton




The Queen sadly passed away on September 8, 2022 with her family around her at her Scottish home in Balmoral Castle.

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During her 70-year reign, the late monarch was the subject of countless portraits, photographs and works of art around the world. As royal fans around the world pay their respects to Elizabeth II, we take a look at some of the portraits of Her Majesty created during her lifetime….

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Artist Andrew Festing painted this stunning portrait of the late Queen in 2005 which showed the monarch in her robes for the official opening of parliament.

Here the Queen is seen looking at a portrait of herself by British artist Henry Ward, which marked six decades of British Red Cross patronage. It was unveiled at Windsor Castle in 2016.

The monarch smiled at this portrait of herself in 2010. The painting was commissioned for the bedroom of the Queen of Cunard’s cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II.

These vibrant Andy Warhol portraits named “Reigning Queens” were a modern take on the traditional style of royal paintings, but so much fun. The portraits appeared at Windsor Castle and are the property of the Royal Collection.

This painting by Pietro Annigoni was created in 1969 and was presented as part of the exhibition The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch at Windsor Castle.

We had to include the portrait that HELLO! commissioned for the monarch’s platinum jubilee year in 2022. We asked British expressionist artist Ben Mosley, whose fans include Mike Tindall and Ed Sheeran, to create this unique portrait.

Ben told us about creating the portrait: “She’s an iconic person to paint, and it was good to challenge myself to do something different and incorporate a lot of different things into her life. I’m quite patriotic and a fan of the royal family, so it was something I really enjoyed doing.”

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