The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch

John Swannell

HM Queen Elizabeth II
14 December 2011
Inkjet print from digital file
61.0 x 41.0 cm

To celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, an official portrait was commissioned from the photographer John Swannell (b.1946).

The photograph was taken in the Centre Room at Buckingham Palace, a site closely associated with royal celebrations as it leads out onto the famous balcony. Through the window the Queen Victoria Memorial is visible, forming a visual link between Queen Elizabeth II and her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, the only other British monarchs to have celebrated the milestone of 60 years on the throne.

The connection between the two is strengthened further as The Queen wears the Coronation Necklace and earrings, which Queen Victoria had also worn in the photograph used for her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Swannell’s official photograph of Her Majesty was released on Accession Day 2012 (6 February).

This photograph, along with a portrait of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, is free to download from The British Monarchy website.