What do you get the queen who has everything?

To celebrate her 88th birthday (which is today!), Queen Elizabeth has had a new portrait taken. Photographed by David Bailey, the black and white image depicts a friendlier, more approachable side of the Queen than the ones seen in portraits past (oh, a repeat gift — how embarrassing).

Here it is in full:

"She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint. I've always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman," Bailey said of Elizabeth II. Sure, mischievous, malevolent — they all come out the same when you photograph someone in a way that makes it look like their eyes are all pupil.


Happy Birthday to the figurehead of a monarchy that we fought a long, hard, bloody battle to separate ourselves from! (Was the the War of Independence ultimately worth our time? Debate in comments!)

Queen Elizabeth, you're lookin' great!