Latest Portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on a Cruise Ship

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A new official portrait of Queen Elizabeth has been unveiled, and will soon head to its new home on Her Majesty's namesake Cunard oceanliner.

The soon-to-debut Queen Elizabeth ship will display the painting in its Grand Lobby. The portrait shows the monarch sitting in the Yellow Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.

The public will have to book passage on the ship to view the artwork in person. The Queen, who hasn't seen the finished work yet herself, will get a chance when she names the Queen Elizabeth at a ceremony in Southampton, UK on Oct. 11.

In the painting, The Queen is wearing a blue dress and Queen Victoria's necklace and earrings, the same jewelry she wore for her Coronation in 1953.

The Queen granted three sittings for the portrait, which was painted by 31-year-old British artist Isobel Peachey.

The artist says it was only at the end of a meeting with Cunard that she learned she would be painting The Queen. "This was both a shock and a marvelous surprise," Peachey says.

Commenting on how the artist was chosen, Cunard's President and Managing Director, Peter Shanks, says, "Apart from being impressed by the quality of Isobel's work, which we originally saw on display in the National Portrait Gallery, we were keen to offer the commission to a young artist who had never before had such an opportunity."

Shanks adds that Peachey is the youngest female artist ever to paint the monarch.

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