The Queen thanked the nation on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations as she unveiled a new portrait to mark the historic milestone.
Her Majesty has spoken to the country as millions prepare for street parties in her honor over a bank holiday weekend.
The 96-year-old monarch said “many happy memories” would be made during the celebrations and that she remains inspired by the goodwill shown to her.
She said she hoped the anniversary weekend would provide an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of her 70 years on the throne.
Britain’s longest reigning monarch spoke of looking to the future with “confidence and enthusiasm”.
The Queen looks content and happy photographed at her home in Windsor Castle, seated in a cushioned window seat, with the historic residence’s famous Round Tower in the distance.
With her hands on her lap and her hair curled in his familiar style, she wears a dark powder blue Angela Kelly coat of charmelaine wool.
Perhaps seemingly a nod to her historic Platinum anniversary, the lustrous shell bead of pearls and diamonds embroidered around the collar and cascading down the front trim.
The commemoration of Elizabeth II’s long reign begins tomorrow with the traditional Trooping the Color parade and balcony performance.
The photograph, taken in the Victoria Vestibule in the Queen’s private Windsor Apartments, was taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie.
He made two previous portraits of the Queen alongside the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George to mark her 90th birthday in 2016.
He said it was “an honor to be asked” to take the official jubilee portrait and said it was a “privilege” to photograph the monarch for the special occasion.
In the background you can see the statue of King Charles II, which stands in the quadrangle of the castle.
Royals fans gathered in central London are hoping to see the Queen after the Trooping parade and at Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday and possibly again on the balcony after Sunday’s carnival parade finale.
In addition to wearing her signature pearls, the Queen also wears her diamond-set wedding and engagement ring, as she normally does, and her gold watch.
The Platinum celebrations poignantly mark the Queen’s first major jubilee celebrations without her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April last year.
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