Queen Elizabeth Celebrates Turning 96 With a Portrait Honoring Her Loves in Life


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Queen Elizabeth II of England recently turned 96 years young. To celebrate this momentous occasion, she shared a new official photo with the public via her social media accounts. The image features the queen standing between two of her white fell ponies named Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale on the grounds of Windsor Castle. She’s dressed in a dark green coat, which has poignant meaning as being her late husband Prince Phillip’s livery color. (The prince died a little over a year ago on April 9, 2021.)

There's more significance to be had from this photo. The horses aren’t just stately creatures chosen to pose with the monarch. Their inclusion is a nod to Queen Elizabeth's lifelong love of the animal. She and her sister, Margaret, received their first pony at age 4, and the queen rode horses around the grounds of Windsor Castle until just last year.

As noted in the Instagram caption, Queen Elizabeth is also a supporter and enthusiastic spectator of the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show; in fact, she’s attended every single show since it first began in 1943. This particular photo was shot by Henry Dallal, a photographer known for his images of equine beauty.

Queen Elizabeth recently celebrated her 96th birthday and shared a stately photo of her posing with two of her horses.

The Royal Family also wished her well through online tributes.

h/t: [Vogue, People]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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