The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II

Portrait 20

Date of Original Portrait: 1985-86
Photographer: Don Ford
In preparation for the ‘E Series’ of notes issued by the Bank of England, photographs of The Queen were especially commissioned by the Bank. The photographs were taken by Don Ford, one of the Bank’s technical photographers, under the direction of Roger Withington. Mr. Withington designed the notes of the ‘E Series’ and prepared the engraving of the Queen, which appeared on this series of notes, from one of the photographs taken by Mr. Ford. The portrait shows Queen Elizabeth wearing Queen Mary’s ‘Girls of Great Britain and Ireland’ Tiara, Queen Alexandra’s cluster earrings and, although difficult to identify, Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee necklace. The ‘Girls of Great Britain and Ireland’ Tiara can be worn with or without a bandeau base and in this portrait the tiara is set into its base. (Portrait 3 shows the Tiara being worn without the base.)
Use of this Portrait:
  • Bank of England -- Nos. 382 to 391.

© Peter Symes 2003