All hail The Queen and wish her a very happy birthday!
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 88th birthday today and boy, does she look great. A new portrait of her majesty was released on Sunday in honor of the big day, and it’s pretty amazing. She was photographed in black-and white by David Bailey, a renown British photographer.
Queen Elizabeth is wearing white pearls and a dress by Angela Kelly — the same woman who, according to the Associated Press, helped Kate Middleton prepare her wardrobe during this month’s royal tour. But the loveliest part of the whole portrait is Queen Elizabeth’s smile. In public, The Queen is a bit of a mystery, but that smile definitely brings a sense of warmth to her.
Bailey has photographed The Beatles, Princess Diana, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, according to the BBC. But Queen Elizabeth II might just be his most interesting subject yet. “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,” he told the new agency.
The image will be seen around Britain, as part of the government’s “Great” campaign to promote tourism, education and trade through the United Kingdom.
We’re so pleased with this image and we imagine the entire Royal Family is as well. Now we’re just wondering… what do Prince William and Harry get for a grandmother that has everything for her birthday?
Head over to the BBC and the Associated Press for more information.