To kickstart the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace has shared a new portrait of Her Majesty, taken by Kent-based photographer Ranald Mackechnie. The image depicts the Queen in the Victoria vestibule within the private apartments of Windsor Castle, believed to be her favorite residence due to the many happy years she spent there as a girl. For the sitting, Her Majesty wore a blue dress and matching coat by her long-term dresser Angela Kelly, lined with a pearl and diamanté trim. Visible in the background of the shot? The castle’s famous quadrangle, with the Round Tower rising above it; the latter monument’s foundations were laid in 1170.
Mackechnie has photographed the Queen on two previous occasions alongside the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince George. The first portraits were released to coincide with Her Majesty’s 90th birthday in 2016, while the second batch were dropped in 2020 to mark the beginning of a fresh decade.
Along with the picture itself, the Queen delivered a message of thanks to those honoring her 70-year reign. “Thank you to everyone who has been involved in convening communities, families, neighbors and friends to mark my Platinum Jubilee, in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth. I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions. I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last 70 years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.” Still making your plans for the days ahead? Consult Vogue’s dedicated Platinum Jubilee guide.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk