Jubilee Portrait Released Before Funeral


One of Queen Elizabeth II’s final posed portraits.
Courtesy Buckingham Palace

A new photo was released of Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday, September 18, just hours before her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

“Ahead of Her Majesty The Queen’s Funeral, a new photograph has been released,” the official royal family Instagram account announced. “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.”

The monarch died at Balmoral Castle, Scotland on September 8. She was 96 years old and had just celebrated 70 years on Britain’s throne. Her son King Charles IIIHas accepted her.

The official photo shows the queen wearing her triple-strand pearl necklace and matching earrings. These accessories have been cherished by her for decades. Her pearls were paired with a powder-blue outfit. This look seems to be the same as the one she wore for her speech marking the 75th anniversary VE Day in May 2020.

The look was completed with twin aquamarine-clip brooches that the late regent wore often throughout her life. They were given to her by Queen Elizabeth and King George VI, her parents.

She chose to wear the brooches many times over the decades including during a state visit to the Netherlands in 1958, a 2006 Thanksgiving service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and her speech at the state opening of parliament in May 2021.

Art deco-style pieces are made with aquamarines, diamonds, and other gems. The twin baubles are often called Cartier clips due to the popularity of the style. However, they were made by Boucheron according to the Royal Collection. They were purchased by Prince George, Duke Of Kent, to be given to Princess Marina in July 1937, just days after she was involved in a minor car accident. Vanity Fair reports.

Marina and George’s children, Prince Edward, Duke de Kent, Princess AlexAndra andPrince Michael of Kent, are Elizabeth’s first cousins and still working members of the royal family. Edward and Michael will be in the procession leading the queen’s casket into Westminster Abbey on Monday.

They’ll join the sovereign’s children — King Charles III,Princess Anne(And your husband). Sir Timothy Laurence), Prince AndrewAnd Prince Edward(and your wife). Sophie, Countess from Wessex) — as well as King Charles III’s kids — Prince William(With your wife). Princess Kate) and Prince Harry(with spouse Meghan Markle) —And the Duke of Cambridge’s eldest son and daughter, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.