Queen Elizabeth's New Royal Portrait Was Just Revealed, and Her Expression Is Shockingly Accurate
When you’re the queen of an entire country (and commonwealth), you’re naturally a busy lady. You don’t have time to smile for portraits—or so we’d imagine. Proof: Queen Elizabeth II’s newest portrait was just revealed, and its expression is so realistic, we’re waiting for the eyes to follow us.
The portrait includes a number of @RoyalAirForce elements: the background features a Spitfire from 253 Squadron which the artists grandfather, F/Lt JM Sullivan, flew over Albania during WW2. The image on the right is a portion of ?Hurricanes in Flight? (1944), by Eric Ravilous. pic.twitter.com/Bn7CgYTUT4? The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 17, 2018
The unveiling was her majesty’s first public appearance since the announcement of Meghan Markle’s pregnancy, and she looks positively radiant (or at least more pleased than in the portrait—just saying). She also dressed for the occasion, in a feather-topped hat and bright blue coat that matched her blue portrait ensemble. Life imitating art, or the other way around?
According to Kensington Palace, the new portrait was commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force Club, whose membership is open to those who hold or have held positions in the Royal Air Force. Per an official tweet: “Started in February 2018 and set in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, the portrait was painted by Benjamin Sullivan—who won the BP Portrait Award in 2017.” (FYI, that’s a really big deal.)
The Queen unveils a new portrait that was commissioned to celebrate 100 years of @TheRAFClub. Started in February 2018 and set in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, the portrait was painted by Benjamin Sullivan ? who won the BP Portrait Award in 2017. pic.twitter.com/4ZkETFJrPD? The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 17, 2018
And according to Kensington Palace, the portrait itself incorporates Royal Air Force elements—including a Spitfire from 253 Squadron, which the artist’s grandfather flew during World War II—in the background. (Squint hard and you can see it.) And the image on the right is a portion of the 1944 painting Hurricanes in Flight by British artist Eric Ravilious.
But the queen looks lovely—and serious—in blue, don’t you think?