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Living Paintings

A Brush with Royalty

Suitable for: Book Clubs

His Royal Highness Prince Charles the Prince of Wales introduces us to three captivating paintings of important women from The Royal Collection.

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As so many of you asked for a picture of the Queen the Living Paintings Trust has included the State Portrait by Sir James Gunn. It was painted at the time of the Coronation in 1953. This painting is the Official State Portrait, commissioned to mark this important event. It now hangs in the Garter Throne Room in Windsor Castle, which is part of the State Apartments. Alongside it are the portraits of the Hanoverians ending with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is eight feet high and arranged in the traditional way: that is with a life size, full-length figure of the Queen standing in the centre on a slightly raised dais. The figure of the Queen is turned slightly to the left - she looks directly at the viewer with a steady gaze. In all formal portraits the monarch and the Prince of Wales wear the garter Collet. This order was established by Edward III on the twenty-third of April, St George's Day, 1348. The back of the throne is embroidered with an oval motif in the shape of the badge of the Order of the Garter. At the top is a crown in gold, standing on the oval shape of the blue garter, which has a buckle towards the bottom. The motto 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' is embroidered on it in gold. In the centre of the oval is the monogram 'ER' also embroidered in gold.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Coloured picture book of the raised images. Guidance Notes to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Elizabeth I when Princess, painted by an unknown artist
Princess Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, painted by Sir Edwin Landseer
H.M. The Queen State Portrait, painted by Sir James Gunn

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