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London’s Madame Tussauds museum unveiled a new wax image of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday, the 23rd since her first when she was only two years old. This one may be the best. 

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Painter Lisa Burton poses for pictures with a new waxwork figure of Queen Elizabeth II at Madame Tussauds in London yesterday. AFP

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Queen Elizabeth in wax

Having a wax image in London’s Madame Tussauds museum is nothing new for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

The latest image, unveiled yesterday in honour of the monarch’s diamond jubilee, is the 23rd since her first way back when she was only two years old.

This one may be the best, however.

‘‘This is a warmer, softer queen. The last time we made a model of the queen was in 2001, so this is a new version and she’s slightly older,’’ a spokeswoman for Madame Tussauds said.

A team of 20 worked for four months to produce the US$241,000 (7.55 million baht) model, dressed in a replica of the white silk, satin and lace dress and state crown the queen wears in her official diamond jubilee photographs.

The new wax figure joins those of Prince William and his wife Catherine unveiled last month in a recreation of the moment when they announced their engagement, plus four other members of the royal family.

Large-scale celebrations to mark the queen’s 60 years on the throne kicked off at the weekend with a pageant of 550 horses and over 1,000 performers from around the world in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Celebrations will include a festival of boats and the lighting of more than 2,000 beacons around the country during a public holiday from June 2-5.

Adapted from an AFP story in today’s Bangkok Post.

pose – to stay in a particular position in order to be photographed วางท่าถ่ายรูป
figure – a shape, especially of a person รูปร่าง, รูปทรง
image – a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing รูปภาพ
unveil – to remove a cover or curtain from a painting, statue, etc. so that it can be seen in public for the first time เอาผ้าคลุมออก
in honour of – to show respect and admiration for somebody เป็นเกียรติให้กับ
monarch – a king or queen  กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี
diamond jubilee – the 60th anniversary of an important event, especially of somebody becoming king/queen; a celebration of this event การฉลองครบรอบ 60 ปี
version – a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing – ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น
replica – an accurate copy of something งานศิลปะที่จำลองจากของจริง, ของจำลอง
silk – a type of fine smooth cloth made from silk thread ผ้าไหม
satin – a type of cloth with a smooth shiny surface ผ้าต่วน, ผ้าแพรต่วน, ผ้าซาติน
lace – a delicate material made from threads of cotton, silk, etc. that are twisted into a pattern of holes ลูกไม้, สิ่งทอลายฉลุ
crown – an object in the shape of a circle, usually made of valuable materials, worn by a king or queen มงกุฎ 
state crown – an official crown worn by the king or queen of a country
recreation – making something that existed in the past exist or seem to exist again การสร้างใหม่
moment – a very short period of time; a particular time or occasion ชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ
engagement – an agreement to marry somebody  การหมั้น
mark – to celebrate or officially remember an event that you consider to be important; to celebrate something เพื่อเฉลิมฉลอง
on the throne – having the position of being the King or Queen
kick off – to begin an event; to launch เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
pageant – a public entertainment in which people dress in historical costumes and give performances of scenes from history การแห่แหน,การแสดงกลางแจ้ง, การประกวด
grounds – an area of land around a building or set of buildings บริเวณ, สถานที่
castle –  a large strong building with thick high walls and towers, built in the past by kings or queens, or other important people, to defend themselves against attack ปราสาท, พระราชวัง
festival – an event that is held to celebrate a particular thing or activity เทศกาล
beacon – a light that is placed somewhere to guide vehicles and warn them of danger; a fire lit on top of a hill as a signal ไฟสัญญาณ, ไฟเตือนภัย, ไฟนำทางในการเดินเรือ

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