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Diamond Jubilee portrait of Queen unveiled

The Queen posed for the painting on the exact spot of her coronation 60 years ago Credit: PA

The only commissioned Diamond Jubilee portrait of the Queen has been unveiled at an Australian art gallery.

Artist Ralph Heimans said the painting at Canberra's National Portrait Gallery was "soulful and emotional" and shows the Queen in "a moment of reflection".

The Australian-born painter said he was given just an hour with the Queen at Westminster Abbey, the spot of her coronation 60 years ago.

"She's amazingly vulnerable ... I wanted to be very honest," said Heimans.

"We can imagine what she might be thinking and feeling at that moment. She's a beautiful subject to paint, she has a great face."