Buckingham Palace has released a new and final portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, photographed by Ranald Mackechnie. The picture shows the late monarch in a powder blue suit, smiling from ear to ear. She wears her signature three-strand pearl necklace and matching earrings. Pinned to her chest is an aquamarine brooch that was a present from her father, King George VI, on her 18th birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II

This announcement was made via the official Twitter page of The Royal Family. It partially reads; “Ahead of Her Majesty The Queen’s State Funeral, a new photograph has been released”. “The photo was taken to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee – the first British Monarch to reach this milestone.”

The release of the poignant photograph came hours after the UK observed a minute’s silence in memory of the late monarch on the eve of the funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

On Monday 19th September 2022, Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey. Numerous world leaders will attend – including US President Joe Biden – and the entire Windsor family. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of public members have been filing into Westminster Hall; where the Queen’s coffin has been lying in state since Thursday when it arrived in London. 

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