The Queen has been seen smiling in a new photo released on Sunday 6 February to mark the day she ascended to the throne 70 years ago.
Queen Elizabeth, 95, is wearing a lime green dress for the occasion as she sits in a patterned chair in front of a red briefcase.
As she marks becoming the longest reigning monarch with the snap, Her Majesty paid a sweet tribute to her late father King George VI.
Placed behind her on a side table a black and white photo of her late father, who died 70 years ago on Sunday, can be seen in clear view.
The photo shows the late monarch with a Corgi dog, which is the Queen’s favourite breed of pup.
As the Royal Family shared the image on their official Twitter page, they wrote: “This photograph has been released to mark Accession Day 2022: the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign and the start of her #PlatinumJubilee year. #HM70”.
In another tweet, they discussed the iconic red briefcase placed in front of Her Majesty.
They wrote: “Her Majesty is seen with one of her famous red boxes. Over the past 70 years, The Queen has received daily papers from her Private Secretaries, in person or via a red despatch box.”
Sunday marks 70 years since the Queen ascended to the throne, an occasion that is undoubtedly bitter-sweet for the monarch.
On 6 February 1952, the Queen was on a royal your in Kenya when she was told the news by her beloved husband Prince Philip of her father’s shock death.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were joined by her private secretary Martin Charteris and lady in waiting Lady Pamela Hicks on the tour.
Lady Pamela recently recalled the moment they discovered the King had died.
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Writing in the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, Lady Pamela recalled: “When the news was finally confirmed by the princess’ private secretary, they went straight to tell Prince Philip, who lifted up his newspaper to cover his face in a gesture of despair saying, ‘This will be such a blow’.
“He walked into the sitting room and asked his wife to come with him into the garden. I watched them on the lawn as they walked together slowly up and down.
“I know how much the princess loved her father and how much he adored her. When they returned I instinctively gave her a hug, but quickly remembering that she was now Queen I dropped into a deep curtsy.
“She remained calm and said simply, ‘I am so sorry, this means we all have to go home.'”