Queen celebrates 88th birthday as David Bailey photograph is released

queenA black and white portrait of the Queen has been released by David Bailey to celebrate her 88th birthday today.

The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and commissioned on behalf of the Government’s GREAT Britain campaign.

The image of Queen Elizabeth II smiling will be used in activity to support the campaign, which aims to highlight Britain as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education.

In the image the monarch is dressed in pearls and a dress by Angela Kelly, her personal assistant and senior dresser since 2002.

A Buckingham Palace source said: “Bailey’s name was suggested by Number 10 and the GREAT campaign and the Queen agreed.

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.

It is hoped that the image will encourage overseas visitors to experience Britain’s royal heritage.


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