The Queen had an “amusing” response when she saw a new painting of herself, according to the artist who produced the impressive portrait.
Last week, the Queen paid a virtual visit to the UK Foreign Office as she thanked staff for their role in getting Brits home during the coronavirus pandemic.
What did the Queen say about the portrait?
As part of the engagement, a new portrait of the Queen was unveiled.
And the 94-year-old monarch had a hilariously down-to-earth response to the painting.
That’s according Miriam Escofet, the artist behind the work.
She said of the meeting, as reported by the Mirror: “[The Queen] seemed to react very positively to it. When I explained certain elements of the painting, the tea cup, she made some amusing comments.”
The Queen and she made this very humorous comment.
Miriam explained how she included the Foreign Office insignia on the cup as an interesting detail to spot.
She continued: “It felt really right to apply it to the tea cup. Suddenly this very humble object carries this symbolism representing the FCO and linking the portrait to its destination.
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🌎 The Queen paid a virtual visit to the @ukforeignoffice this week to hear about their COVID-19 response and take part in the virtual unveiling of a new portrait of Her Majesty. . The Queen praised the work of @ukforeignoffice staff for their role in: . ✈️ Helping British travellers to return home as part of the UK’s largest-ever peacetime repatriation . 🏥 Securing the delivery of over 16m items of Personal Protective Equipment from overseas, distributed to key workers fighting the virus on the frontline . 💉 Working with other countries to develop a vaccine . 🖼 📸 ➡️ The new portrait of Her Majesty – unveiled at the start of the call – was commissioned by the @ukforeignoffice and pays tribute to The Queen’s contribution to British diplomacy, having visited over 100 countries throughout her reign. . To watch the full video, visit The Royal Family’s YouTube channel (link in bio).
‘No tea in the cup’
“I explained this to the Queen and she made this very humorous comment about how there’s no tea in the cup. I said I’m afraid the tea has been sacrificed for the symbolism.”
When the Queen’s Instagram page posted pictures from the digital meeting, royal fans rushed to comment on her appearance in the video call.
The monarch looked radiant in a yellow floral dress and followers flooded the comments to say she looked really “pretty” – and seemed visibly “pleased” with the painting.
The caption read: “The new portrait of Her Majesty – unveiled at the start of the call – was commissioned by the @ukforeignoffice and pays tribute to The Queen’s contribution to British diplomacy, having visited over 100 countries throughout her reign.”
One follower commented, “Her Majesty is still a very beautiful woman and has aged very gracefully!” and another said, “Stunning portrait”.
A third wrote, “She looks so pretty in that yellow!” while a fourth said, “Look how cute Queeny looks on Zoom”.
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