June 26, 2022
- Stonehenge, a historic landmark in Salisbury, England, was transformed with images of the Queen.
- The 5,000-year-old prehistoric stone circle now features eight projections of Queen Elizabeth II.
- The tribute to the monarch is part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations that begin on Thursday.
Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II throughout her 70-year reign have been projected onto Stonehenge ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
On Monday, it was announced by English Heritage, a charity that manages over 400 historic buildings, monuments, and sites, that the 5,000-year-old stone monument in Salisbury, England, had received a temporary makeover to honor the 96-year-old royal.
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In a statement sent to Insider, a representative for the charity said they created the projection to mark the “historical occasion when the nation celebrates Queen Elizabeth II becoming the first British monarch to commemorate a Platinum Jubilee.” Among the eight images are snapshots of the Queen riding horses and walking her corgis.
The Evening Standard reported that The National Portrait Gallery has also selected six portraits of Queen Elizabeth II from its collection to project onto Marble Arch, a central London monument.
The newspaper added that among these images are Dorothy Wilding’s portraits of the Queen ahead of her wedding day in 1947, and after she acceded to the throne in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI.
Insider’s Mikhaila Friel previously reported that the Platinum Jubilee marks Her Majesty’s 70 years on the British throne and will be observed with a four-day public holiday from Thursday, June 2, until Sunday, June 5, and a party at Buckingham Palace.
Festivities will kick off with The Queen’s Birthday Parade, an annual parade of royal officers, horses, and musicians attended by the royal family, known as Trooping the Colour, on June 2, and end with a Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 5.