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Tue 22nd May, 2018

New portrait of The Queen to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary

A new portrait of The Queen was released last night, to mark Canada Day and the 150th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain.

With an heavy gold theme, Her Majesty wears a square-neck brocade gold dress and her Maple Leaf brooch. The piece has been worn by four generations of Royals.

She sits on a golden chair with matching silk seat and ornate carving to the frame. The location might be the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, whose colour scheme fits but the chair is rather more grand than those in the state room – none have a square and high back like this.


Having done some internet scouring, it seems clear the photo was taken at Windsor Castle; here you can see a matching chair to the one in the photo.

Some have complained it looks a little bland, and that the brooch blends in. Since red and white are the colours of Canada, that would have been a more appropriate palette.

What do you think of the picture?

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Latest comments
  • HM is lppking well i understand the broach need to have a nit of color and yes too much of the one color.

  • Simply stunning, she is so regal, her age never seems to appear in these photo’s I love the choice of gold,