Buckingham Palace has released an unseen portrait of the Queen smiling with joy on the eve of her funeral.
The photo, taken in May prior to the platinum anniversary celebrations, shows the frost beaming brightly at the camera at Windsor Castle.
In a televised tribute to her mother-in-law on Sunday evening, the Queen Consort recalled the Queen’s “beautiful blue eyes” and said, “I will always remember her smile.”
Dressed in a dusky dove-blue dress with her hair neatly curled, the Queen wears her favorite three-strand pearl necklace, pearl earrings and her aquamarine and diamond brooches that were an 18th birthday present from her father George VI in 1944.
The two Art Deco pieces, worn under each other, were made by Boucheron from baguettes, oval and round diamonds and aquamarines.
The Queen wore the brooches when she addressed the nation on the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020 and before her Diamond Jubilee speech broadcast in 2012.
The photo was taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie, who also captured the Queen’s jubilee portrait released to mark the start of national festivities for her landmark 70th anniversary.
The Queen celebrated her platinum anniversary with the nation three months before she died.