New portrait of Queen unveiled


Irishman Colin Davidson painted the new official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

“With anybody I paint, it’s a human being in their own right, but with this particular painting I was aware of the gravity and sheer importance and weight which comes with the person I was painting.”

Davidson sees it as symbolic of a closer relationship between Britain and Ireland, reports Robbie Meredith. Elizabeth became the world’s longest-reigning head of state in October after the death of Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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