London: A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by the renowned British photographer David Bailey has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday.
The photograph of the monarch, smiling, was taken at Buckingham Palace in March on behalf of the British Government’s GREAT Britain campaign which aims to generate jobs and growth through highlighting internationally Britain as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education.
The Queen is wearing pearls and a dress by Angela Kelly, who has served as personal assistant and senior dresser to her since 2002. A Buckingham Palace source said: “Bailey’s name was suggested by Number 10 and the GREAT campaign and the Queen agreed. The Queen agreed to sit for it in recognition of the work of the GREAT campaign.”
Bailey said: “I’ve always been a huge fan of the Queen. She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint. I’ve always liked strong women and she is a very strong woman.”
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The Government’s GREAT campaign is promoting Britain as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education.
Queen Elizabeth II is the great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, the last female sovereign. The Queen has two birthdays – her actual one today and her official one in June, which is celebrated with the Trooping the Colour parade.