The Royal Headshot: Queen Elizabeth II Silhouette Cookies

As I’m sure you know, 2013 is the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.  While 2012 was the Diamond Jubilee of her reign (i.e. 60 years on the throne), 2013 celebrates 60 years since her coronation.

(Confused?  Her father, King George VI, passed away on February 6, 1952 and she assumed the throne.  However, her official coronation was not held until June 2, 1953.  Mark your calendars, for Pete’s sake.)

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To continue my celebration from last year’s Jubilee festivities, I created silhouettes of Her Majesty based on the four portraits appearing on United Kingdom coinage since her ascension to the throne.

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The Queen’s first portrait, seen in its cookie-fied version in the top left of the above photo, first appeared on UK currency in 1953.  This image was unique because The Queen was not wearing a crown in this portrait, but rather a wreath.

The Maklouf portrait, next in line in the photo, debuted in the late 60s.  The young queen was wearing a crown in this portrait.  The Maklouf portrait remained on coinage until the late 1990s.

The Maklouf portrait was replaced by the first Rank-Broadley portrait, seen below resting on the saucer.  This image of The Queen, wearing the George IV State Diadem, showed her in her late 60s.

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The final portrait, also by Ian Rank-Broadley, was commissioned to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.  Seen above as the top cookie on the white plate, stands as a testament to the milestone of 60 years on the throne.  If you’re still awake after all this numismatic yakking, you can learn more about the portraits from the Royal Mint.

These cookies were all created with the use of the Kopykake projector.  The beaded edge was made with alternating pink and white 3mm sugar pearls.

Since I am a lover of all-things-monarchy, you can expect at least a few more royalty-themed cookie projects from me this year.  And with a Royal Bun in the oven, you haven’t seen the last of my cookie-fied House of Windsor.

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