The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II

Portrait 26

Date of Original Portrait: 1999
Photographer: Mark Lawrence
Engraver: Stephen Matthews of De La Rue
A mature portrait of Her Majesty adapted from an official portrait taken at Sandringham House. The Queen is wearing The Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia's Tiara. This tiara was inherited by the Grand Duchess's daughter, the Grand Duchess Helen who subsequently married Prince Nicholas of Greece. Queen Mary bought the tiara from Princess Nicholas in 1921. The tiara has fifteen pearl drops but Princess Mary had fifteen emeralds mounted in such a way that they are interchangeable with the pearls. In this illustration, Her Majesty is wearing the tiara with the pearl drops.
Use of this Portrait:
  • Fiji (used on all notes of the series issued in 2007).

© Peter Symes 2007