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Queen Elizabeth gets new portrait for 88th birthday

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II shot by photographer David Bailey.
By Danielle Haynes   |   April 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, April 20 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II's 88th birthday was heralded with the release of her new portrait, created by photographer David Bailey.

The black-and-white bust portrait shows a grinning monarch wearing a string of pearls and a dress by Angela Kelly, personal assistant and senior dresser to the queen since 2002.

The queen's 88th birthday is Monday, but it's officially celebrated throughout her kingdom June 14.

Bailey has previously shot portraits of Mick Jagger, The Beatles, Diana, Princess of Wales, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.

"I've always been a huge fan of the Queen. She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint. I've always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman," Bailey said of the portrait sitting.

The photograph was shot as part of the British government's campaign to promote tourism, investment and education.

[BBC]

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