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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history. She has witnessed many changes of government and has advised no fewer than 14 successive Prime Ministers. This year, she became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, commemorating 70 years of service.

To mark this unprecedented milestone, we have 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.

How to visit

This virtual gallery experience is best viewed in a Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers, including the mobile safari and chromium browsers for iOS and Android.

The AR functionality works on mobile devices only:

for iOS 12 or later on Safari and Chrome

for Android: Android 7.0 or later

From the virtual gallery to Trafalgar Square

Once you have seen the paintings in our virtual gallery, see them in real life in Trafalgar Square. 

Each of the 28 paintings featured in the virtual gallery is clearly labeled in the National Gallery for you to find as you explore the collection.  


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

Special shop offer

Celebrate with 20% off any custom art prints! Use code JUBILEE20 at checkout, until 5 June. T&Cs apply.