The palace has released a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II along with words of thanks from the monarch to mark her jubilee.

Queen Elizabeth II (96) will celebrate her platinum throne anniversary in the coming days. Shortly before the official celebrations, the palace released a new portrait of the British monarch, which can be seen on Instagram, among other places. According to the post, the photo was taken on May 25 by Ranald Mackechnie at Windsor Castle. The Queen sits in front of a window in a light blue coat dress with beaded appliqués along the seam and smiles for the camera. She paired the dress with a pearl necklace and earrings, and a gold watch on her wrist. The round tower of the castle and the statue of King Charles II (1630-1685) can be seen in the background.

Queen thanks for “shown goodwill”

“Thank you to everyone who was involved in bringing communities, families, neighbors and friends together to celebrate my platinum anniversary in the UK and across the Commonwealth,” the Queen said in a statement. “I know that these festive occasions will create many fond memories.” She remains inspired by the goodwill shown to her and hopes that the coming days will provide an opportunity “to look back on all that has been achieved over the past 70 years, while we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”

The main multi-day celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee begins this Thursday (2 June) with the Trooping the Color parade. In her honor, numerous parades, parties, street festivals, processions and other events will take place in Great Britain until June 5th.