Last week, Queen Elizabeth II paid a virtual visit to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to hear about their COVID-19 response and take part in the virtual unveiling of a new portrait of Her Majesty.
The new portrait of Her Majesty – unveiled at the start of the call – was commissioned by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and pays tribute to The Queen’s contribution to British diplomacy, having visited over 100 countries throughout her reign.
The painting will be hung at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in King Charles Street building in London and greet visitors from across the world.
This portrait, by Spanish painter Miriam Escofet, is a fitting tribute to her lifetime of service.
“I wanted the portrait to capture Her Majesty’s humanity”— Foreign Office 🇬🇧 (@foreignoffice) July 27, 2020
Miriam Escofet describes the process of creating her incredible portrait of Her Majesty The Queen.
The painting will be hung in our King Charles Street building in London and greet visitors from across the world.
I am so delighted to finally be able to share images of my portrait of The Queen.— Miriam Escofet Artist (@EscofetMiriam) July 26, 2020
Commissioned by the @foreignoffice to hang in their newly refurbished reception room.
Unveiled on Friday with @SMcDonaldFCO and with The Queen attending virtually.
See more at @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/cj44wJDp3D
The new portrait features Her Majesty wearing a blue dress and The Duchess of Cambridge’s Pearl Brooch Pendant at the White Drawing Room in Windsor Castle.
During the video call, The Queen praised the work of Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff for their role in:
- Helping British travellers to return home as part of the UK’s largest-ever peacetime repatriation.
- Securing the delivery of over 16m items of Personal Protective Equipment from overseas, distributed to key workers fighting the virus on the frontline.
- Working with other countries to develop a vaccine.
Her Majesty spoke to:
- Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Head of the Diplomatic Service.
- Spanish portrai painter Miriam Escofet.
- Sanjibita Tariang from the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, India.
- Aletheia Bligh-Flower, who leads the FCO Vaccines team.
For the video call, The Queen wore yellow dress with printed blue flowers and the Women of Hampshire Brooch.
🌏 Last week, The Queen spoke to staff from the @foreignoffice about their work following the COVID-19 outbreak.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 26, 2020
Her Majesty also saw a new portrait of herself unveiled which will greet visitors from around the world in the new Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office. pic.twitter.com/OMEc4Wz81C
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