Unseen portrait of the Queen shared by Buckingham Palace ahead of her funeral

Buckingham Palace released a never-before-seen photograph of the Queen, taken amid her Jubilee celebrations

portrait of the Queen - Queen Elizabeth II watches from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade the Trooping the Colour parade on June 2, 2022 in London, England.
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A previously unseen portrait of the Queen has been shared ahead of her funeral, showing Her Majesty smiling and wearing a poignant tribute to her father.

An official portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, taken by royal photographer Ranald Mackechnie, has been shared by Buckingham Palace, ahead of her state funeral. The image is thought to be the final portrait taken of the monarch and portrays her beaming down the lens while wearing a special tribute to her father, King George VI.

The poignant photograph was taken at Windsor Castle just four months ahead of the Queen’s death. It was shot as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and sees the 96-year-old monarch smiling while wearing a periwinkle blue coat dress - similar to the one she wore on the Balcony for her Jubilee Trooping of the Colour. 

Accompanying the photograph, Buckingham Palace wrote, “Ahead of Her Majesty The Queen’s Funeral, a new photograph has been released.

“It was taken this year to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, as she became the first British Monarch to reach this milestone. Tomorrow, millions will come together to commemorate her remarkable life.”

In the image, the monarch is seen wearing her famous three-string pearl necklace and matching earrings. Pearls have also been notably worn by Princess Kate and several other members of the royal family throughout the mourning periodfor the late sovereign.

The Queen can be seen wearing a two-piece aquamarine brooch, which according to Hello! held sentimental value to Her Majesty.

The ornamental brooch was a gift from her father, King George VI on her 18th birthday and can be spotted at a number of milestone events, during her 70-year reign. Namely at her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The portrait is made all the more meaningful, as Mackechnie was also the creative eye behind the official portrait of the Queen, taken to mark the start of her Jubilee weekend.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.