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New portrait of the Queen is unveiled days after her 84th birthday

27 APRIL 2010

By the age of 23, Rupert Alexander had already produced paintings of Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh, making him the youngest artist since the 17th century to paint a member of the British royal family.

And now the talented artist has another impressive entry to add to his CV after completing a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen.

Revealed a week after the British monarch celebrated her 84th birthday, the subdued picture shows the Queen without her regal finery, and stands in contrast to other official portraits.

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Its creator, 35-year-old Rupert, had three sittings with the royal, during which they chatted about his great-uncle, Alan Campbell-Johnson, who served as an aide to Earl Mountbatten – Prince Philip's uncle – when he was Viceroy of India.

And while the sittings were originally scheduled to take four months, the artist found he faced quite a hurdle when it came to finding time in the busy royal diary.

"There were three sittings scheduled with the Queen," a spokesman for Rupert confirmed. "Each was meant to be within a couple of weeks of each other."

 

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"But because Her Majesty's diary was so full there was a year's gap between the second and final sitting. As a result it took Rupert about 18 months to finish the painting. You could say it was a labour of love."

Speaking of his latest piece of art work, London-born Rupert – a graduate of the Florence Academy of Art – said: "I decided to limit the portrait to head and shoulders as I wanted to focus on the more human and intimate aspects of her character, rather than the formal symbols of her public role."

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