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Queen’s portrait released ahead of Jubilee celebrations as Harry and Meghan touch down in the UK

The Royal Family on Wednesday unveiled the latest portrait of the 96-year-old monarch, in honour of her 70th year on the throne.

A new portrait of the Queen has been released as Platinum Jubilee celebrations prepare to kick-off in the United Kingdom.

The Royal Family on Wednesday unveiled the latest portrait of Her Majesty, taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie, as her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle touched down for the occasion.

The photograph depicts the Queen wearing an elegant pale blue dress lined with a pearl and diamante trim, perched by a window within the private apartments of her Windsor Castle home.

“Thank you to everyone who has been involved in convening communities, families, neighbours and friends to mark my Platinum Jubilee, in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth,” she said in a message alongside the portrait.

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“I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions.

“I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last 70 years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”

The portrait was released ahead of this weekend’s Platinum Jubilee event.

The four-day celebration will kick-off with Trooping the Colour parade on Thursday – though the Queen will not be in attendance.

Prince Charles will take her place in the event, alongside Prince Harry and Ms Markle who landed in the UK with their two children on Wednesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were initially snubbed from appearing on the Royal balcony, after the line-up was limited to “working royals”.

But Buckingham palace announced at the last minute the couple would join other Royal Family members to watch the Queen’s salute from a prime vantage point overlooking the horse Guards Parade.

The Sussexes are also expected to join the Royal Family at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

The couple have travelled from California with their two children, Archie, three, and Lillibet, one.

It will be the first time the Queen will meet her granddaughter, who was named in her honour.

Source: Sky News

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