Queen Gets New Portrait for 88th B-day

She looks pretty much the same
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2014 8:18 AM CDT
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip leave the Easter Matins service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Sunday, April 20, 2014.   (AP Photo/ Oli Scarff , Pool)
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(Newser) – What to get for the forever-reigning monarch who has everything? Britain's Queen Elizabeth turns 88 tomorrow, and the government got her, well, a portrait of herself to mark the occasion. The black-and-white photo by Brit photographer David Bailey was taken back in March, notes the AP. "I've always been a huge fan of the queen. She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint," Bailey tells Britain’s Press Association, as per NBC. "I've always liked strong women and she is a very strong woman." The portrait, which NBC thinks captures her "youthful spirit," was commissioned as part of an official tourism campaign. And in case you forgot that the lives of Britain's royals are better than everyone else's, the AP notes that Elizabeth gets two birthdays: Tomorrow will be celebrated privately, while a public ceremony will be held in June.

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