Releases unknown photo of the Queen before the funeral

2,000 people have been invited to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday. Among these are hundreds of royalty, presidents and prime ministers, including King Harald and Queen Sonja.

On this occasion, the British royal house has published a new picture of Queen Elizabeth.

The photo, which was taken in May ahead of the anniversary celebrations, shows a smiling Queen at Windsor Castle.

Flowers are laid outside Windsor Castle after Queen Elizabeth's death.  Photo: Adam Davy

Flowers are laid outside Windsor Castle after Queen Elizabeth’s death. Photo: Adam Davy

Dressed in a blue dress and with her hair curled, she wears a pearl necklace, pearl earrings and diamond earrings. The sills were according to Sky News an 18th birthday present from his father George VI in 1944.

The recently released image was taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie, who also took the jubilee portrait of the Queen which was released to mark the start of celebrations marking her 70 years as Queen.

The platinum jubilee was celebrated just three months before the Queen’s death.

Read more about the queen’s funeral further down in the article.

Thanks for the love

As the royal family shared the new image of the Queen, King Charles took the opportunity to thank the public for the support and compassion shown over the past few days.

THANKS: The day before Monday's funeral, the new King Charles took the opportunity to thank the people for the enormous support in the time since the Queen's death.  Photo: DOMINIC LIPINSKI / AFP

THANKS: The day before Monday’s funeral, the new King Charles took the opportunity to thank the people for the enormous support in the time since the Queen’s death. Photo: DOMINIC LIPINSKI / AFP

– In London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff, we were touched in a way that cannot be described, by everyone who took the trouble to come and show their gratitude for the lifelong service of my dear mother, the Queen, says the new king in a statement from Buckingham Palace on Sunday.

– As we now prepare to say our last goodbyes, I simply want to use this opportunity to say thank you to all the countless people who have been a true support and comfort to me and my family during this sad time, further in the statement.

This is happening today

The Queen’s coffin has been in Westminster Hall since 14 September. In recent days, people have been able to line up to say a final goodbye to the queen.

Tens of thousands of people are lining up in London to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth.  Photo: Sarah Meyssonnier/AP

Tens of thousands of people are lining up in London to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth. Photo: Sarah Meyssonnier/AP

The traditional sewing is called “Lying-in-state”. The last time a royal coffin was displayed like this was when Queen Elizabeth’s mother died in 2002. Then more than 200,000 people visited Westminster Hall.

On Sunday evening, the guards stopped letting new people into the queue.

LONG QUEUES: People queue patiently to catch a glimpse of the Queen's coffin in Westminster Hall.  Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

LONG QUEUES: People queue patiently to catch a glimpse of the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall. Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

“Lying-in-state” ends on Monday 19 September at 06:30 local time.

At 10.44am the coffin will be carried in procession on the Royal Navy carriage from Westminster Palace to Westminster Abbey. The funeral will be held there.

King Charles, members of the royal family and members of the royal household will walk behind the coffin on its way to Westminster Abbey.

At the end of the service the coffin will be carried to Wellington Arch.

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral starts on Monday at 12:00 Norwegian time.

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