LONDON – A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II produced with the help of mirrors by photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas shows the monarch for the first time simultaneously from four angles: front, back and both sides.
The image, released on the weekend in the United Kingdom, will be included in an exposition containing similar full-body portraits of Prince William, who is second in line – after Crown Prince Charles – to the British throne, and Charles’ wife Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall.
In the queen’s full-length photograph, taken in 2013 at Windsor Castle, Elizabeth, now 89, wears a burgundy dress adorned with a brooch, a pearl necklace and earrings, and she is regarding the camera with a pleasant smile.
Prince William appears in his four-angle photo wearing his dark-brown uniform of colonel in the Irish Guards, while Camilla, who is also captured from four angles, wears a formal white dress and some of her family’s jewelry.
Rittson-Thomas’s project, which also includes photos of people occupying prominent positions within the royal household, was inspired by the oil portraits of monarchs painted in the 16th and 17th centuries, usually with dark backgrounds to highlight the rich colors of their attire.
The images will be on display at the “Queen’s People” exhibit, which will run from Aug. 19 through Sept. 19, 2015 at London’s Eleven Gallery.