Queen pictured in Order of the Thistle robes in new portrait


Most of us don't celebrate a birthday milestone by having a portrait of ourselves painted, but then most of us aren't the Queen.

Artist Nicky Philipps produced the painting of the Queen from a sitting at Windsor Castle earlier this year with mark her 90th.

The full length portrait was commissioned by the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland, and will hang in the dining room at Archers' Hall, Edinburgh.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen is pictured wearing the robes of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle and standing at the top of the Archers' Hall staircase.

Philipps has previously been commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery in London to paint Princes William and Harry and her portrait of the Queen for the Diamond Jubilee commemorative first class stamp is on permanent display in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.

The artist said: "It was an enormous privilege to paint this portrait for the Royal Company and I very much hope the Archers feel it is a worthy representation of our monarch."

Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Company was established in 1676 to promote archery.

Company secretary Lieutenant Colonel Richard Callander said "There has been a long association with each monarch since the formation of the Royal Company and it is a great honour to have a portrait of Her Majesty to mark her 90th year."