The world has reacted with shock and sadness to the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Messages poured in from all corners of the world, with everyone from artists to world leaders paying tribute to Her Majesty the Queen.
Creatives have already started sharing powerful tributes to Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Below are some of our favorite examples from illustrators and graphic designers alike, all celebrating the Queen’s extraordinary 96-year life.
Illustrator Eleanor Tomlinson (opens in new tab)whose image of the queen and the bear Paddington (opens in new tab) went viral during the Platinum Jubilee, sharing a touching moment of the Queen’s reunion with Prince Philip (above), along with the caption: “There are not the words on this darkest day, one we all hoped would never come You will leave the greatest and brightest mark on our lives as you move on to the next life to accompany your beloved Prince Philip.”
Continuing the theme of reuniting with Prince Philip, Instagram user @murphys_sketches (opens in new tab) shared this poignant drawing. “I am speechless, your work is excellent. You made us cry,” commented one user.
Renowned illustrator Malika Favre shared her latest stunning New Yorker cover. “It had been a while since I felt that rush of a last-minute New Yorker cover, but the late-night frenzy was all worth it,” she says. tweeted (opens in new tab).
Another standout magazine cover comes courtesy of Time magazine. While most have beautifully depicted the Queen in ceremonial dress, this is a more intimate image. Time explains (opens in new tab) that it is the last photo Cecil Beaton took of the Queen in 1968. The photographer “aimed for the series of portraits to which it belonged, taut and clear and daring.”
Of course, the Queen has been the subject of artwork throughout her reign, and artists have captured her in a variety of styles over the past 70 years. Below are some of the most notable examples.
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