Queen Elizabeth Annie Leibovitz Portraits 90th Birthday

MOTHER AND SON: A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth has been released, shot by British photographer and Showstudio founder Nick Knight.

In the portrait, which has been released to mark the end of the Queen’s 90th birthday year, the monarch is sitting down wearing a light blue jacquard dress and pearl necklace. She is looking straight at the camera, while her son, Prince Charles, stands beside her, looking at her.

“I wanted to create a modern portrait that showed warmth and humanity as well as strength and tradition,” said Knight of the portrait. It was shot in May in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, before the final night of celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Knight has previously collaborated closely with designers including Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, John Galliano and Stephen Jones. His web site Showstudio.com, founded in 2000, has pioneered fashion film since its earliest days.

The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday by hosting a series of events throughout the year, including a ticketed picnic held in June, a parade and a party at Windsor Castle.

Three exhibitions were also staged in the Queen’s main residences: The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Buckingham Palace in London and Windsor Castle in Windsor. “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style From the Queen’s Wardrobe” was the name of the exhibitions and they reflected the monarch’s style with the largest display of her ensembles to date.

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