Britain’s Queen Elizabeth unveiled a new portrait of herself on Tuesday in London, painted by Irish artist Colin Davidson. The painting was commissioned by Co-operation Ireland, a charity set up to promote relations between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, to mark the queen’s 90th birthday, which she celebrated in April.
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The British monarch, who was crowned in 1952, reacted to the new artwork with a beaming smile as she chatted with the artist. Davidson has painted portraits of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hollywood actors and Northern Ireland leaders.
He also was behind a series of paintings featuring individuals caught up in the three decades of fighting between Catholic nationalists seeking a united Ireland and Protestant unionists who wanted to keep Northern Ireland British, which ended in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.