29 October 2012

Queen Elizabeth the Second

Elizabeth has been on the throne for 60 years, and February 2012 marked her Diamond Jubilee. This is a commemorative tapestry, where the design is made out of mother-of-pearl buttons, which have been hand-sewed onto the red velvet.

Sketches of Queen Elizabeth II by John Wonnacott.

A pencil study of Queen Elizabeth II.

A painting of a much younger Elizabeth.

The Queen on her way to the annual State Opening of Parliament.

The Queen's role in government is purely ceremonial.

The Queen only wears the Imperial State Crown at the annual State Opening of Parliament.