Unveiling of portrait of The Queen by NI artist Colin Davidson
Photograph courtesy of Jeff Spicer of PA Wire
On Tuesday 8 November, The Queen, joint Patron of Co-operation Ireland accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh attended a reception at Crosby Hall, During the event, she unveiled a portrait of The Queen, painted by acclaimed Northern Ireland artist Colin Davidson.
The reception hosted by Co-operation Ireland’s Chairman Dr. Christopher Moran, was also attended by Northern Ireland First and Deputy First Ministers, Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness, and the Taniste Frances Fitzgerald. You can read Dr Moran's speech here.
The painting was commissioned by Dr Moran to mark Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday year.
The origins of the commission were from the Queen's visit to Northern Ireland in 2012, when she attended a Co-operation Ireland event at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, when Her Majesty shook hands with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness for the first time. It was there that she viewed some of Colin Davidson’s work.
Check out the media coverage of this historic event.
Due to prior commitments at a trade mission in India the Prime Minister, Theresa May, was unable to attend the reception but sent the following letters.