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Queen’s new official portrait is unveiled

Queen Elizabeth II views a portrait of herself by British-Canadian artist Henry Ward: "I wanted a strong queen in my portrait, a queen of warmth but also of reserve." The portait was unveiled at Windsor Castle Friday.

From the imperial rooms of Windsor Castle to a covert studio in Burlington, Ont., a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth quietly took shape over the past year. The Queen herself was scheduled to unveil the official six-feet-by-eight-feet portrait by British-Canadian artistHenry Ward at a private ceremony at the castle on Friday. The portrait shows the monarch draped in flowing blue ceremonial robes.

Source: Montreal Gazette