Buckingham Palace Releases New Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

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Annie Leibovitz/Buckingham Palace via AP

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Annie Leibovitz took the photo of the matriarch and her husband of 69 years, Prince Philip, to mark the celebrations of her 90th birthday.

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace has released a new Annie Leibovitz portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate her 90th birthday.

The monarch is shown in a soft-toned image with her husband, Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle just after Easter. Both are smiling but only just.

The royal family's official Twitter account shared the photo of the pair with a quote from Queen Elizabeth II. "He has, quite simply, been my strength & stay all these years," she stated of her husband of 69 years.

The queen, Britain's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, turned 90 on April 21. She usually celebrates her birthday privately, but this year's milestone served as the jumping-off point for weeks of celebrations.

Her birthday will be marked officially — as usual — with the Trooping the Color ceremony Saturday.

A lunch on the Mall, the road leading to Buckingham Palace, will be held Sunday to celebrate the queen's patronage of 600 organizations, together with street parties and events around the country.

Earlier this year, Kensington Palace shared photos of Kate Middleton and Prince William with their children on a winter vacation.