The Queen and the portrait. Photo: Erik Mårtensson/Scanpix
On Tuesday 11 June, The Queen unveiled a portrait at Gripsholm Castle. The portrait was a gift to honour The Queen ahead of her 70th birthday.
The portrait of The Queen is part of the State Portrait Collection. The collection is held at Gripsholm Castle, and is the world's oldest national portrait gallery. The collection includes around 4,600 works, with new works being added every year, and is managed by the National Museum. The oil painting was produced by the artist Urban Larsson, who was born in Stockholm in 1966. He studied in Florence, and has lived and worked in Amsterdam for the last 20 years. Larsson is often commissioned to paint portraits, including the official portrait of former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok and Gerdi Verbeet, former President of the Dutch House of Representatives. The portrait of The Queen was painted during several sittings at Drottningholm Palace in February and March 2013. Find out more about Gripsholm Castle here.