Why the Queen was a good ‘subject’

Aussie artists share why they were compelled to capture the Queen in their work.

Whether you are a Royalist or a Republican, no one can deny the impact the Queen has had on the past three generations globally.

A stalwart for tradition (not to mention handbags, hats and high chroma outfits), she was also Australia’s Head of State for 70 years and 214 days – the longest of any British monarch, and the second-longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country.

Prime Minister Albanese said: ‘Her Majesty was the only reigning monarch to ever visit Australia and it was clear from her first trip that she had a special place in our hearts.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina