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Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

A moment in time as the nations newspapers mark the Queen’s passing.

After the sad news of the Queens death last night, I was walking around in a bit of a daze this morning through Stockbridge.

I was struck for a moment by all the front pages on the local news stand. The many stages of the Queen shown in beautiful portraits, her constant smile and ever presence which will no longer be here.

In an age when newspapers can seem instantly in the past, you can see that a visual such as this can still have a great effect on those passing by.

My thoughts are with the Royal Family.

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday on board Britannia

Britannia90thSketchOn Thursday 22nd April I was asked to create this sketch of the celebrations on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, in Leith.

There was a celebratory mood on board, helped by the brass band sounds from The Musical Mariners’ Band,who played on the dock and cake an fizz for all who came aboard. The music continued on Britannia as the Welmar Baby Grand piano was expertly played in the drawing room.

The Royal Tea Deck served some of the Queen’s favourite dishes, including coroantion chicken and chocolate perfection pie!

In the evening there was a spectacular firework display which you may well of heard across Edinburgh.

The sketch below is of visitor watching The Musical Mariners’ Band from on board Britannia.

The Royal Yacht Britannia website.

Sketches drawn in black ink and watercolour paint, on location. 





Inside the Kirk

Today a look back to my recent visit to Canongate Kirk, which of course is the venue for today’s royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall. I wish all the best to the happy couple and I hope the day goes well, it looks likely to be a glorious day weatherwise.

The sketch is a looking towards the alter from the pews, just behind where her majesty the Queen will be sitting!  Here is the original post:

“Not far from the day job on the Royal Mile lies the Canongate Kirk, which is currently enjoying a celebrity status amongst the tourists of Edinburgh due to an upcoming wedding. The Church of Scotland Kirk is to be the venue for Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall’s marriage on July 30th 2011. Holyrood Palace is within the Kirk’s parish and this is where the reception will be held.

This is my sketch using pen and then pencil to shade, from within the Kirk.

See www.canongatekirk.org.uk for more information.”