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New portrait of Queen released by Palace ahead of her funeral

Buckingham Palace has released an invisible portrait of the Queen on the eve of her funeral.

In the photo, taken at Windsor Castle in May, Her Majesty is dressed in a dusky dove blue dress with her hair neatly curled.

She is also seen wearing a pearl necklace, pearl earrings and her aquamarine and diamond clip brooches, which were an 18th birthday present from her father George VI.

The two Art Deco pieces, worn under each other, were made by Boucheron from baguettes, oval and round diamonds and aquamarines. The Queen wore the brooches when she addressed the nation on the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020 and before her Diamond Jubilee speech broadcast in 2012.

The photo was taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie, who also captured the Queen’s jubilee portrait released to mark the start of national festivities for her landmark 70th anniversary.

In a televised tribute to her mother-in-law on Sunday evening (September 18), the Queen Consort recalled the Queen’s “beautiful blue eyes,” saying, “I will always remember her smile.”

On Monday (September 19), the United Kingdom will say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II, the country’s longest-reigning monarch.

The state funeral, the first of its kind since that of Winston Churchill in 1965, will take the form of an elaborate ceremony in which Her Majesty’s coffin is transported from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey and finally to Windsor Castle.

Hundreds of dignitaries will attend the service at the abbey, with presidents, prime ministers and international royals among the 2,000-strong congregation.

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