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Prime Minister David Cameron will lead the nation to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II to mark the occasion of Queen becoming Britain’s longest-reigning monarch completing 63 years of service. Illustrated London News (ILN), the content and digital agency, has unveiled a new portrait to mark the occasion….reports Asian Lite News

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Alastair Barford, Image credit © Illustrated London News Ltd, www.recordreign.com
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Alastair Barford, Image credit © Illustrated London News Ltd, www.recordreign.com

Painted in oils, it depicts The Queen in the robes of the Order of the Garter, attending the Order of the Garter Ceremony at Windsor Castle in June 2015.

The portrait was published in The Illustrated Record Reign, the magazine, and  in the limited-edition book set The Record Reign available from www.recordreign.com.

The new portrait was commissioned by Illustrated London News Ltd (ILN), with collaboration from The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and the Royal Warrant Holders Association.

The artist is Alastair Barford, a talented British portrait artist, and QEST and Leverhulme scholar. He has recently completed his scholarship at the renowned atelier of artist Charles H Cecil in Florence. A donation is made to QEST, the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, for every copy of THE RECORD REIGN sold.

Lisa Barnard, Chief Executive of ILN, commented: “We are proud to publish this splendid new portrait in our Record Reign publications. This is a historic tradition for ILN, as we have commissioned portraits of every monarch since launching in 1842 as the world’s first illustrated newspaper. In 1953, ILN celebrated Elizabeth II’s Coronation with a beautiful portrait of the young Queen wearing the Garter Star and Riband, painted by the ILN artist Terence Cuneo. The Order of the Garter is the highest order of chivalry, so this was a fitting occasion to depict Her Majesty in a dynamic new painting. It echoes Pietro Annigoni’s famous 1953 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in Order of the Garter robes. We are especially pleased to showcase a rising young artist, Alastair Barford, who is supremely talented, and to support British craftsmanship in so doing.”

In 1897, ILN paid tribute to Queen Victoria’s era-defining monarchy with The Record Number of a Record Reign. The spectacular, ornate publication commemorated Victoria’s reign and the accomplishments of Victorian Britain. It featured an etching of a special portrait of Queen Victoria during her stay at Nice in the South of France, which was signed by The Queen and executed by ILN artist Amédée Forestier, who travelled to Nice as ILN’s Royal Correspondent and sent back a series of exclusive images of Queen Victoria and her family to an eager British public. Alastair Barford has created an additional charcoal sketch of Queen Elizabeth to accompany the Forestier portrait and they are published together in  ILN’s new Record Reign publications. The book set includes an exact reproduction of the 1897 edition alongside a new companion volume:  The Record Reign of Queen Elizabeth II, a glorious record of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, celebrating her life and developments in Britain over the last 63 years.

Limited-edition prints of the portrait, signed by the artist, are available to order on the website www.recordreign.com

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