Queen Elizabeth II was treated to a new regal portrait of herself on Friday morning.
The portrait, painted by British-Canadian artist Henry Ward, honoured the long-standing monarch’s 60 years of patronage to the British Royal Cross, which works to aid people in critical situations in the United Kingdom and worldwide.
The new artwork, which sits in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, depicts the patron of the charity in her red, white and navy Garter robes and diamond earrings, bracelet and tiara belonging to Queen Alexandra. The portrait also includes the sculpted head of Henry Dunant, who founded the organization.
Speaking of his work, Ward said, “As a long-standing supporter of the British Red Cross, it has been an honour to paint the Queen.” He added, “To portray Her Majesty as a monarch and as a patron of the Red Cross I have included imagery that relates to the history of the relationship.”
The Queen, who has become the longest-serving patron of the organization, took hold of the role in 1952 and has since shown her support by visiting projects and hosting events, including a special garden party at Buckingham Palace to mark 100 years of the British Royal Cross.