The Queen Beams As She Attends RAF 100 Celebrations, Unveils New Royal Portrait

The Queen unveiled a new portrait of herself, which was commissioned to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force Club, on Wednesday.

The 92-year-old beamed as she arrived at the Piccadilly members’ club in London, with the royal family’s official Twitter page sharing a clip of the moment the painting was revealed.

The account confirmed that the picture was, “Started in February 2018 and set in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle.”

They also said it had been painted by Benjamin Sullivan, who won the BP Portrait Award in 2017.

The Twitter profile added, alongside a clearer shot of the image: “The portrait includes a number of @RoyalAirForce elements: the background features a Spitfire from 253 Squadron which the artists grandfather, F/Lt JM Sullivan, flew over Albania during WW2. The image on the right is a portion of ‘Hurricanes in Flight‘ (1944), by Eric Ravilous.”

The Queen’s latest appearance comes after Kensington Palace confirmed that she was “delighted” about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal baby news.

The Palace shared, “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

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“The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple and were able to congratulate them on Friday at [Princess Eugenie’s] wedding in person.”

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