In this signed screen print from 1985, Andy Warhol reproduced the official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Warhol applied Elizabeth II’s 1977 official portrait for her silver jubilee, adding colour blocking and his own drawing to highlight the monarch’s jewelry. Produced in 1985 on Lennox museum board, this Royal Edition image features added diamond dust for extra grandeur and luster. This edition of 30 is one of four images of Queen Elizabeth II produced for the series Reigning Queens. Each image in the smaller Royal Edition includes diamond dust.
Throughout his life, Warhol was inspired by fame and political influence. This interest continued when Warhol set out to create one of his largest portfolios in 1985. The resulting Reigning Queens features four monarchs who ruled in their own right at the time of production: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. Warhol created these images from official portraits, but adapted them to his signature style of bold colours and flattened contrast. Warhol’s image of Queen Elizabeth II was acquired by the Royal Collection in 2012.