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Queen unveils new portrait

Press AssociationPress Association 8/11/2016 By Tony Jones, Press Association Court Correspondent

The Queen has unveiled a realisitic portrait of herself painted by internationally acclaimed artist Colin Davidson.

In London's Crosby Hall, the home of Henry VIII's former chancellor Sir Thomas More, the Queen pulled a velvet cloth to reveal a striking image.

The canvas, roughly measuring one metre by 1.5 metres depicted the Queen wearing a turquoise Karl Ludwig day dress and in reflective mood, with a hint of a smile on her face.

The Belfast-born artist, who has painted leading figures such as actors Liam Neeson and Brad Pitt, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney.

After the unveiling he said he hoped that the painting "in some way acknowledges the actions she has taken to advance healing in the Anglo-Irish relationship".

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