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The Royal Collection Goes Pop

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A series of four iconic screen prints by the cult Pop artist Andy Warhol have been bought by the Royal Collection to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

They will go on display in an exhibition, ‘The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch’, at Windsor Castle later this year (November 23rd until next June). Warhol's works will be joining a selection of official, commissioned and formal portraits that highlight the diverse ways in which Her Majesty has been represented throughout her six decades reign. The show will celebrate both the jubilee and the anniversary of the coronation.

Warhol, who created the prints in 1985, once said “I want to be as famous as the Queen of England.” Now the Queen of England owns portraits of herself by the legendary artist!

The works are part of a portfolio called ‘Reigning Queens’ and are from the Royal Edition, which is sprinkled with ‘diamond dust’. ‘Reigning Queens’ also included prints of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Queen Ntombi of Swaziland. Another set from the same edition was auctioned by Sotheby’s last week and was expected to fetch an estimated £150,000.