In the wake of the Queens official birthday on the second Saturday of June, we consider her infamous portrait to be potentially the most reproduced piece of artwork of all time. The Express newspaper estimate her profile has been reprinted some 220 billion times and has remained unchanged for 50 years. A symbol of the enduring nature of our monarchy, it is a timeless, untouched image that instills a sense of continuity and ubiquitous national pride.
It’s not all stamps, coins and bank notes though – many artists have had the honor of immortalising The Queen of England as they see her for the rest of us to behold, more often than not capturing Her Majesties poise, power and sense of detachment. However, there are a handful whose work is perhaps more relevant and engaging against the backdrop of today’s society and whose work provides a richer context and social commentary that exists beyond the boundaries of the Queens reign.