Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, posed for photographer, John Swannell, to mark the Queen's 60th year on the throne. The jubilee portrait represents the celebrated life of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh's enduring role in the realms as his wife's staunchest supporter and partner.
The jubilee celebration kicks of last January and will continue up to the last month of this year. This is going to be the busiest year of the British royal family as each member will be dispatched to different regions in the realms to represent Her Majesty.
The official jubilee portrait: Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo credit: John Swannell
This year, the British monarchy is not only celebrating the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne but also the 60th death anniversary of the Queen's father, King George VI, and the 10th death anniversary of the Queen's mother and her only sibling who both died in 2002.
King George VI died in his sleep on February 9, 1952 in Sandringham Estate while his eldest daughter and her husband went to Kenya, South Africa. Elizabeth was the first British monarch, aside from her ancestor, King George I, who was not on the British soil at the time of accession. She left Britain a Princess and returned a Queen.
George's widow, Queen Elizabeth, known as the Queen Mother, died 50 years later, on March 2002, only three weeks after the death of their younger daughter, the Princess Margaret.
Her Majesty just turned 86 last April 21, 2012 but her official birthday celebration is usually celebrated on the second Saturday of June during the Royal Ascot, a tradition started by her great grandfather, King Edward VII, in early 20th century.
The appearance of female royal members became the subject of media's attention due to their fashion style. See photos HERE