New portrait unveiled to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 88th birthday

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This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken and made available by British photographer David Bailey has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday, April 21, 2014. The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and was commissioned on behalf of the British Government's GREAT Britain campaign. 

LONDON — A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch’s 88th birthday.

The black-and-white photograph, taken at Buckingham Palace in March, shows the queen smiling broadly. Bailey described his subject as a “very strong woman” with “very kind eyes with a mischievous glint.”

The portrait, unveiled Sunday for the queen’s birthday on Monday, was commissioned for a government campaign to promote Britain’s heritage and tourism to potential visitors abroad.

Britain’s monarchy and royal history is one of the biggest drivers of its strong tourism industry.

The queen celebrates two birthdays each year: Her actual one on Apr. 21 is celebrated privately, while a public ceremony in June marks the occasion with a Trooping the Colour parade in London.

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