Queen pays subtle nod to her Platinum Jubilee in new Windsor Castle portrait

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A brand new photo of the Queen at Windsor Castle has been released ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

To mark the monarch's remarkable 70-year reign, a portrait has captured her smiling in front of a window looking out onto her regal home's Round Tower in the distance.

Dressed in a 'dusky dove blue' and happily perched on a cushioned window seat, the Queen is pictured resting her hands on her lap with her hair smartly curled in trademark fashion.

In what looks like a nod to her historic Platinum anniversary, the Queen's Angela Kelly coat made of wool Charmelaine is adorned with shiny pearl and diamante scalloped beading.

The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years on the throne, and the celebrations get under way in full tomorrow (Thursday, June 2) with the traditional Trooping the Colour parade and balcony appearance.

The image was taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie in the Victoria Vestibule in the Queen's private apartments at Windsor.

Mr Mackechnie took two previous portraits of the Queen alongside the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George to mark her 90th birthday in 2016.

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He said of being commissioned to take the official Jubilee portrait: "It is an honour to be asked and a privilege to undertake."

Also visible in the background is the statue of King Charles II which stands in the Quadrangle of the Castle.

The seated Queen has been facing mobility problems for a number of months and has confessed to not being able to move in the past.

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Royals fans gathered in central London will be hoping to see the Queen on the balcony after the Trooping parade, as well as at the service of thanksgiving in St Paul's Cathedral on Friday and again on the balcony after the carnival Pageant finale on Sunday.

As well as wearing her trademark pearls, the Queen also has on her wedding and diamond engagement ring, as she usually does, and her gold watch.

The Platinum festivities are poignantly the first major Jubilee celebrations of the Queen's reign without her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April last year aged 99.

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