“I’m glad I’ve had a chance to see it, I hope I’ll see it in real life one day…” said Queen Elizabeth when her new portrait was unveiled on Friday…
Miriam Escofet painted the portrait, which was commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a “lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s service” to diplomacy.
The Queen saw the painting for the first time via her computer screen and seemed very pleased with the outcome. “The last time I saw you, you said it would take some time to finish,” she said to painter, Escofet. “”I’m glad I’ve had a chance to see it, I hope I’ll see it in real life one day.”
According to reports, the Queen sat twice for the portrait by Escofet, which took a full seven months to complete.
The monarch also commended the foreign office on their adaptation to doing something completely different to what they usually do during the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of people have been repatriated thanks to the efforts of the office.
“Everybody has been doing the most incredible work,” said the Queen.