In 1985, Warhol turned his screen-printing talents to the queens of the world, from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, to Queen Ntombi of Swaziland, and of course Queen Elizabeth II. What made these works particularly special was that all of these queens ruled in their own right, and were not queen through marriage. These queens represented female authority, a different view on femininity in comparison to Warhol's portraits of the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Billy Boy.

A step away from Warhol's young and 'diamond-dusted' Queen is Ralph Heimans' 2012 portrait of the Queen. The portrait, which was created to mark Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, portrays the Queen as she is recognised today, older and stoical. She stands, perhaps reminiscing, in the exact place where she was crowned at Westminster Abbey, at just 25 years of age.

The Queen was moved deeply when the portrait was first revealed to her. Heimans stated in 2012: "It is clearly a moment of reflection coming back to the spot where the story began 60 years ago, from a bereaved young girl to an 85-year-old lady.”

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, Barnebys have selected pieces which would surely get the Royal seal of approval. Click on the object to discover more.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 10.29.59 Sculpture of HM Queen Elizabeth II Modelled seated full-length, holding the Sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre, wearing the Coronation Robes and the Order of the Garter and the Imperial State crown, set with gems including sapphires, emeralds, rubies, pearls, and lapis lazuli, signed on the skirt of the robes ‘R. Signorini.’

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 10.31.44 EMESS, Queen Elizabeth II, 2013

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 10.32.29 Prince, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II by Baron, 1954

325 A modern silver-gilt mounted decanter and wine coaster,by Aurum Limited, London 1980, number 5 of an edition of 250,commemorating the eightieth birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the decanter a tapering plain glass body, the mount with pierced foliate decoration, and with the arms of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

damien_weighill_queen_neon QUEEN (BLACK), Damien Weighill

230810_0 A limited edition digital photograph featuring an alternate version of the album cover for The Beatles 1967 album Sgt . Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band . This alternate arrangement depicts Ringo Starr beside a tuba and Paul McCartney kneeling to the left of the bass drum. More significant is the inclusion of audience members who were later obscured or nixed from the final arrangement, including Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, and Bette Davis in costume for her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (Warner Bros., 1939.)

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 14.52.26 A George V full sovereign, 1913, 8g

A 19th century Copeland Parian ware bust of Queen Victoria with impressed inscription to the base - Crystal Palace Art Union, marked to reverse W Theed Sculpt and dated 1864, with impressed Copeland mark. A 19th century Copeland Parian ware bust of Queen Victoria with impressed inscription to the base - Crystal Palace Art Union, marked to reverse W Theed Sculpt and dated 1864, with impressed Copeland mark.

H2548-L93875489 Great Britain. George VI and Elizabeth II collection of high value mint blocks.

786272.R1_1 Shepard Fairey, God save the Queen, 2012

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