The new portrait has been released to mark the Queen’s 96th birthday and shows Her Majesty standing proudly between two horses in a green coat, the color a subtle nod to her late beloved husband, Prince Philip.
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The glorious image sees the monarch standing proudly between two of her fallen ponies holding their reins as she begins preparations for the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which commissioned the image.
The new photograph of the Queen was taken in March on the grounds of Windsor Castle by Henry Dallal, who was commissioned to take an official portrait of her to mark her 90th birthday.
To the Queen’s left is the pony Bybeck Nightingale and to her right is Bybeck Katie, and both animals will appear in A Gallop through History, a spectacular equestrian show showcasing horses from around the world.
In the image, the Queen can also be seen in her trademark black shoes and long dark green coat, which is a sweet nod to the Duke of Edinburgh.
At last month’s memorial service for Philip at Westminster Abbey, Her Majesty, along with several other royal women, wore the same shade of dark green as her coat in this new image.
It was later learned that the shade was the official livery color of the Duke of Edinburgh, also known as Edinburgh Green.
It was used for the liveries of his staff (the Duke’s page at the coronation wore dark green and silver) and private cars.
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This year the Royal Windsor Horse Show will mark the platinum jubilee with A gallop through history, being billed as a “personal tribute to our monarchy.”
It will feature more than 500 horses and more than a thousand artists who will take the public on a journey from Elizabeth I to the Queen.
His love of the equine world is something he shares with his mother, and he has been breeding and racing horses for over 60 years.
Thoroughbreds owned by the Queen have won four of the five flat racing classics: the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger, with only the Derby eluding her.
This year’s Derby day will see the Queen and her family in the royal box at Epsom Downs Racecourse as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with three of her horses competing to be chosen for the international event.
Earlier today, she was photographed leaving Windsor Castle to travel to the Sandringham estate, where she will be staying at Philip’s former home, Wood Farm, so she can feel close to him on his birthday.
Royal sources said the Queen’s ‘mini-break’ was a ‘positive step’ that she is prepared to make the trip given her ongoing mobility problems.
Her Majesty has been forced to cancel or miss several high-profile engagements in recent months due to failing health.
Palace sources have said the monarch “should not be expected” at any future public events in advance and will instead “make a decision on that day” about whether she can attend.
A royal source said: “The Queen decided very recently that on her birthday she wanted to be as close as possible to her late husband and in an environment that was very close to their hearts.
“Sandringham holds so many special memories for the Queen and prince philip as well as the rest of the royal family
“It is certainly a positive step that Her Majesty is feeling well enough and rested enough to enjoy her next mini-break that she deserves to celebrate her birthday.”
The Queen’s arrival at Wood Farm comes after her grandson prince harry opened up about her secret meeting with her grandmother on a trip to the UK last week.
In a television interviewadmitted he doesn’t know if he will return to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer.
Harry sat down for an informative chat with NBC TV presenter Hoda Kotb, which aired on the US morning show Today.
He was asked if he planned to return to the UK. for the Jubilee celebrations, which take place in June, with his wife Meghan and their children Archie and Lilibet.
But he said, “I don’t know yet. There are a lot of things: security issues and everything else.”
“So this is what I’m trying to do, trying to make it possible for me to, you know, be able to get my kids to meet her.”