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article imageQueen Elizabeth II turns 88; David Bailey royal pic released

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 21, 2014 in World
Queen Elizabeth II turns 88 today, April 21, and the occasion has been marked by a new photograph. The Royal Family released the portrait on their Twitter site the day before her big day and it shows a smiling and, naturally, dignified-looking woman.
The portrait is viewable on the Buckingham Palace website and @britishmonarchy; it was taken by renown British photographer, David Bailey.
The Queen has had multiple photographic portraits taken during her reign, which started when she was 25 in February of 1952, over 62 years ago. The mother of two has soldiered on through family deaths and divorces and the changing face of the U.K. and the world. She is the longest-lived British Royal monarch and if she continues as Queen for another 155 days will surpass Queen Victoria's reign to become the longest reigning monarch.
"I've always been a huge fan of the Queen," Mr. Bailey told the BBC. "She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint. I've always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman."
A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by famous British photographer David Bailey was unveiled by Bucking...
A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by famous British photographer David Bailey was unveiled by Buckingham Palace to mark the monarch's 88th birthday
David Bailey / Buckingham Palace
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