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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch in British history. She witnessed many changes of government and advised no fewer than 15 successive Prime Ministers. In 2022, she became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, commemorating 70 years of service.

To mark this unprecedented milestone, we brought together 28 paintings from our collection that shed light on the notion of queenship, including portraits of female rulers from different times and countries as well as images that relate to some of the attributes most frequently associated with female monarchs past and present.

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Created and published in June 2022.

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Digital activity at the National Gallery is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies Digital Accelerator