By THOUSIF INC
Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee and released a brand new portrait to honour 70 years on the throne.
The portrait of the Queen was released on Wednesday and marked the beginning of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The events kicked off Thursday morning with Trooping the Color.
The portrait was photographed by Ranald Mackechnie and was shot on May 25 in the Victoria Vestibule at Windsor Castle.
The Queen is notably more casual in this photograph than in past Jubilee portraits.
She opted for a soft blue coatdress and her go-to pearls. The Queen notably opted out of a Crown for the portrait.
For her Silver Jubilee portrait, she wore the Imperial State Crown. She wore tiaras, a royal sash and medals for her Golden and Diamond Jubilees.
Queen Elizabeth also issued a personal message and the portrait ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
"To mark my Platinum Jubilee in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth."
"I know that many happy memories will be created on 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 seventy years."
"As we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm," the Queen concluded, signing the message "Elizabeth R."