Press Release | 01 Jun 2022

New royal portrait celebrates Her Majesty The Queen’s most iconic moments in digital form

New royal portrait celebrates Her Majesty The Queen’s most iconic moments in digital form

The photorealistic painting by Paul Shipper is based on historic moments throughout Her Majesty's life, celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.

  • In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Vodafone has commissioned a digital portrait showcasing historic moments throughout her life.
  • Created by award-winning illustrator Paul Shipper, the image uses a photorealistic painting technique to create a modern take on the traditional Royal Family portrait.
  • The portrait will be showcased in Vodafone store windows across the UK during the weekend of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Vodafone has commissioned a digital portrait showcasing ten iconic moments of Her Majesty’s life. Designed in the style of a family portrait, it seamlessly edits together images of The Queen at key moments of her life and reign.

The portrait, created by award-winning Manchester-born artist and illustrator Paul Shipper, was created using a photorealistic digital painting technique. It features key moments in time to honour Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service. Highlights captured in the painting include Princess Elizabeth at the age of one in 1927, Her Majesty’s royal visit to Jamaica in 2002, the Coronation in London on 2 June 1953, and Her Majesty’s visit to Sydney in 1970 – when she bucked centuries of royal tradition by choosing to greet the crowds in person, rather than waving at them from a protected distance.

The digital artwork, which Paul created over a five-month period, closely resembles the strokes and techniques of a real-life painting. The artwork appears to be a photo portrait at first glance. When looking closely though, the depth and painterly textures reveal the level of craft and detail.

From his traditional art background of pencil and airbrush, he was able to master this technique in the digital realm giving his work the desired aesthetic with a modern appeal. Paul was inspired from a young age by the illustrated one sheet film posters in cinema lobbies. Having now worked on Hollywood film posters and advertising campaigns, Paul has honed his craft and become one of the most prolific illustrators in recent history.

Maria Koutsoudakis, Head of Brand at Vodafone UK, said: “As a British company, we wanted to honor Her Majesty The Queen and celebrate some of the many iconic moments of her long reign. Thanks to digital technology, we have been able to commission this portrait and celebrate ten of the most significant moments from her 70 years of service, in a way that photography and retouching simply cannot.”

Paul Shipper, award winning illustrator, said: “In honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we wanted to create a portrait that somehow encompassed the life of The Queen in one image. A take on a traditional Royal Family portrait but with a twist; Her Majesty would be the sole subject of the group portrait from selected key moments of her life.”

“I love technology – it has always thrilled and interested me. I grew up using pencils and paints, so as time progressed I tried to keep up with the latest tools available. It is always a fun challenge to see how I can use digital tools to make a piece of art. That said, I never want my work to look digitally made, but to look and feel like it had the touch of the hand, heart, and spirit, like real-life paintings.”

The digital portrait will be displayed in selected Vodafone UK stores from 2 June 2022 to 8 June 2022.

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Notes to editors

The ten moments showcased in the portrait are (from left to right, as numbered below):

  1. Princess Elizabeth on her wedding day, 20 November 1947
  2. Princess Elizabeth, June 1927
  3. Princess Elizabeth at King George VI’s Coronation, 12 May 1937
  4. Princess Elizabeth sitting in the grounds of the Royal Lodge, June 1936
  5. Princess Elizabeth in the Auxiliary Territory Service, England, 1945
  6. Queen Elizabeth II at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, 29 April 2010
  7. Queen Elizabeth II on the second day of her official tour of Jamaica, 19 February 2002 (first destination of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee tour of Commonwealth countries)
  8. Queen Elizabeth II riding at Windsor during the weekend of 30-31 May 2020
  9. Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day, 2 June 1953
  10. Queen Elizabeth II on the Royal Tour of Australia, May 1970 (first royal walkabout)

About Paul Shipper

Paul Shipper is a freelance illustrator best known for producing key art and imagery for film, entertainment and advertising. Born in Manchester, his formal education ended in 1997 with a BA in illustration and animation from Manchester Metropolitan University. Paul has gone on to create illustrative key art for movie posters, home entertainment, books, comics, magazines, events and licensing work for clients such as Amazon, CBS, Disney, Foo Fighters, ITV, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Muse, Netflix, Nike, Penguin Books, Sky TV, Universal and Warner Bros. Paul has been publicly recognised for his work and awarded a prestigious Key Art Award in 2014 and an LCS Award for excellence in Illustration in 2015. In 2017, he became an honorary member of the 501st Legion and UK Garrison in recognition of his contribution to Star Wars through his art. In 2019 Paul became the first living Illustrator to be featured in ‘Illustration Magazine’ issue #66. In 2020 he became the first artist to create cover art for Empire Magazine’s newsstand issue and was also appointed as one of the very first Visual Contributing Editors of Empire Magazine that same year. For more information please visit: https://paulshipperstudio.com/

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were also the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. As of March 2022, we have 5G in 380 locations across Europe – 141 in the UK and 239 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 26 UK towns and cities, rising to 35 over the coming months, through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach. Our full fibre services are now available to more than eight million homes across the UK.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

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