On the eve of her funeral, Buckingham Palace released an invisible picture of the Queen watching from ear to ear.
The photo, taken in May before the platinum jubilee celebrations, shows the Queen smiling brightly for the camera at her home at Windsor Castle.
In a televised tribute to her mother-in-law on Sunday evening, Dr The Queen Consort summoned the Queen’s ‘Brilliant Blue Eyes’ “I will always remember her smile,” she said.
Dressed in a dark blue dress with her hair elegantly curled, the Queen wears her favorite three-strand pearl necklace, pearl earrings, and aquamarine and diamond brooches that were her 18th birthday gift from her father, George VI, in 1944.
The two Art Deco pieces, draped one below the other, are Boucheron made of baguette, oval and round diamonds, and aquamarine.
The Queen wore the pins when she addressed the nation on the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020 and for her Diamond Jubilee televised address in 2012.
The photo was taken by photographer Ranald McEchini, who also captured the Queen’s jubilee photo that was released to mark the start of the national celebrations of her 70-year reign.
The Queen celebrated her platinum jubilee with the nation just three months before her death, ushering in the country’s longest reign.
The nation’s final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II
The newly released photo comes as the new king issues a letter of thanks to the nation as it prepares to pay a “final farewell” to the Queen.
King Charles expressed his gratitude to “all those countless people” who provided “support and comfort” after his mother’s death.
In a statement from Buckingham Palace, he said: “In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff, we have been touched by all who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to serve my dear mother, the late Queen for life.”
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The King will lead the nation into mourning for its longest-reigning monarch on Monday while Westminster Abbey organizes a spectacular state funeral for Elizabeth II.
Two thousand people, including foreign royals, world leaders, presidents, and prime ministers will flock to the Gothic Church for a day of celebration, military parades and celebration in honor of the late queen.
Winston Churchill was the last Briton to receive a state funeral in 1965.
Millions will watch from home and around the world, where the funeral could become the most watched television broadcast in history.