Princess Elizabeth arrives at her wedding to Philip Mountbatten
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That is such a beautiful coat.
The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as a Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties.
Every year The Queen takes up official residence in Windsor Castle for a month over Easter (March-April), known as Easter Court. During that time The Queen hosts occasional ‘dine and sleeps’ events for guests, including politicians and public figures.
The Queen is also in residence for a week in June, when she attends the service of the Order of the Garter and the Royal Ascot race meeting.
Windsor Castle is often used by The Queen to host State Visits from overseas monarchs and presidents. Foreign Heads of State enter the Castle in horse-drawn carriages through the George IV Gateway into the quadrangle in the Upper Ward, where a military guard of honour is drawn up.
Thomas Struth, Royal Portrait, 2011.
A new portrait photograph of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the first to be commissioned of the two together, has been released by the National Portrait Gallery, as part of an exhibition to mark next year’s Diamond Jubilee titled The Queen: Art and Image (shout out to Victoria who just blogged about it!).
A fitting place to return following my brief overview of Struth’s museum photographs, the Queen’s portrait was taken in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle on April 9th of this year. While photographer Thomas Struth’s portfolio includes cityscapes, portraits, museums, churches and paradise, this is a special and privileged honour Struth has been awarded. The image itself is sure to become iconic of the pair while it also serves as a bookend to the chronological exhibition of the Queen’s portraits.
Oh my gosh this is just too cute!
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. 1953