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Queen Elizabeth II portrait competition launches

Artists of all ages from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Fairfield County Connecticut are invited to submit portraits of Her Majesty.

HM Queen Elizabeth II visits New York City in 2010.

HM Queen Elizabeth II visits New York City in 2010.

On September 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning monarch in British history when her reign surpasses that of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

The British Consulate General New York is delighted to mark this historic occasion by inviting members of the public to produce a new portrait of Her Majesty. One winner in each of three age groups (under 11, 11 to 18, 18+) will be announced at a reception at the British Consulate on September 9, and their portraits will be on permanent display at the Consulate.

“We are very excited to celebrate Her Majesty’s reign with this competition,” said Consul General Danny Lopez. “We can’t wait to discover the artistic talents of those who live in our consular district. The winners will join some of Britain’s most celebrated artists when their masterpieces are hung up in the consulate, where they will be seen by ministers, royalty, and many other distinguished guests.”


  • Tracey Emin, CBE - artist
  • Albert Watson, OBE - photographer
  • Danny Lopez, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York

Official rules

  1. Entrants must have a home address in our consular district: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Fairfield County, Connecticut.

  2. You must include a letter with your:
    • name
    • mailing address
    • email address (or that of your parent or legal guardian)
    • phone number
    • date of birth
  3. The portrait must be of the Queen and no one else.

  4. It must not exceed 18 x 18 inches and must be two-dimensional. No sculptures please! Any materials may be used.


By popular demand and to give returning school students a chance to participate, we are extending the deadline! Entries must now be postmarked no later than 12 October 2015 (Columbus Day).

Mail your entries to:

HM Portrait Competition
British Consulate General
845 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Please note that we cannot accept entries in person, and we will be unable to return any entries. We reserve the right to reproduce your work on our channels.


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Published 13 July 2015