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Hologram image of Queen unveiled
Hologram portrait of the Queen

A 3-D hologram image of the Queen - the first royal portrait of its kind - has been unveiled.

The image of the unsmiling Queen, by light artist Chris Levine, is tinged in blue light and appears to move as the viewer walks past.

It is suspended between two panes of glass and mounted in a darkened room at The Jersey Museum.

Jersey Heritage Trust commissioned the work to celebrate 800 years of the island's loyalty to the Crown.

In the image the Queen wears a white ermine cape, a string of pearls and the famous Diamond Diadem.

"We tried every one of her capes," Levine said. "When she put on the ermine, the moment had arrived. I knew then that was the image.

"There was something about it. It was incredible. I think we all felt it."

The crown, made for King George IV, was worn by the Queen for her Coronation procession in 1953 and is the one depicted on UK stamps and bank notes.

It's rather haunting - a living presence
Christopher Lloyd
Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures

To create the image, Levine took more than 10,000 images of the monarch during two sittings in the Yellow Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace before selecting the ones for the final hologram.

Levine said the Queen was "surprisingly well informed" about modern processes of portrait making.

"She took to it very well. We were able to chat about how far technology had moved on.

"I showed her the work in progress and we chose the image together.

He added: "It shows calmness and inner strength. It expresses the notion of Equanimity - the name of the piece."


Christopher Lloyd, who holds the title of Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures, said it was a landmark in royal portraits.

"People will enjoy moving across and seeing the figure move. It's rather haunting - a living presence."

Equanimity was unveiled by the Prince of Wales during a visit to the Channel Islands on Tuesday.

It cost the Jersey government 150,000 and will be exhibited at The Jersey Museum in St Helier until 23 June before going on permanent display at Mont Orgueil on the island.

An identical copy of the holographic light portrait will be exhibited at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, from 17 July to 3 October.

Levine has previously worked with fashion designer Stella McCartney, the brands Swarovski and Cartier, and designed laser elements for one of Massive Attack's tours.

His other creations include a hologram of an Absolut vodka bottle, tinted a similar blue to the Queen, and 3-D images of Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and Keith Flint from The Prodigy.

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