The Queen and Prince Philip unveil a glass window at the Chapel of the Savoy featuring a technicolour version of her majesty alongside one of her…


The Queen and Prince Philip unveil a glass window at the Chapel of the Savoy featuring a technicolour version of Her Majesty alongside one of her beloved corgis

By
Toni Jones

PUBLISHED:

16:07 GMT, 1 November 2012

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UPDATED:

18:05 GMT, 1 November 2012

The Queen has unveiled a colourful stained glass window to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee which includes a depiction of her riding a horse accompanied by a corgi.

The window in the Chapel of the Savoy, London, has the initials ER at its centre and is flanked by winged angels and figures representing honour and justice.

It is inscribed with the words: 'I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service'.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have unveiled the Diamond Jubilee Stained Glass Window at The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have unveiled the Diamond Jubilee Stained Glass Window at The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy

The Queen arrived at the Chapel of the Savoy on London's Strand to unveiled a stained glass window to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee

The window also contains symbols of the Church of England, the Armed Forces and the Commonwealth.

Alongside
all the royal iconography, there is a small red image at the bottom of
the artwork showing the Queen mounted on a horse with a corgi trotting
alongside her.

Edinburgh-born
artist Douglas Hogg, 64, whose design beat 33 rival entries, was
selected personally by the Queen. He said the image came from a seal he
discovered while researching the royal archives.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have unveiled the Diamond Jubilee Stained Glass Window at The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy

The window in the Chapel of the Savoy, London, has the initials ER at its centre and is flanked by winged angels and figures representing honour and justice

The colourful window includes a depiction of Queen Elizabeth riding a horse accompanied by a corgi

The stained glass window also has the initials ER at its centre, flanked by winged angels and figures representing honour and justice

The stained glass window also has the initials ER at its centre, flanked by winged angels and figures representing honour and justice

Hogg said: 'We
know she likes horses, horse-racing and dogs. When I saw the seal, I
thought it was a personal in-road into what the Queen herself is about
as a person.

'I’ve included
the image from that seal, the horse with her on it and the corgi
snapping at the horse’s heels. Below that, I’ve got the actual Queen’s
signature as well, so that’s referring to her personally.'

He
added: 'It’s a bit playful. The symbol of the Queen has become more
humanised. People are more interested in what the Queen’s wearing, what
the Queen’s doing.

'So getting through to the actual likes of the Queen
herself as a person is very important these days.'

Her Majesty was greeted by the Chancellor, the Chairman and the Chief Executive of The Queen's Chapel of The Savoy and then met the choir, congregation and staff in the Ante-Chapel

Her Majesty was greeted by the Chancellor, the Chairman and the Chief Executive of The Queen's Chapel of The Savoy and then met the choir, congregation and staff in the Ante-Chapel

The
window’s bright yellow and blue colour scheme was based on the Queen’s
outfit at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,
according to the artist.

The Duke of Edinburgh joined the Queen in attending the service to celebrate the new window at 11am today in central London.

The Queen wore a mint-coloured coat and a matching hat, as well as white gloves, a black handbag and a silver broach.

The
window was created to honour the Queen’s 60th year on the throne and
comes after a summer of celebration, which included a 1,000-boat
procession along the Thames and a star-studded concert at Buckingham
Palace.

The window was created to honour the Queens 60th year on the throne and comes after a summer of celebration, which included a 1,000-boat procession along the Thames and a star-studded concert at Buckingham Palace

The Duke of Edinburgh joined the Queen in attending the service to celebrate the new window at 11am today in central London

The window was created to honour the Queen’s 60th year on the throne

ABOUT THE QUEEN'S CHAPEL OF THE SAVOY from duchyoflancaster.co.uk
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother arrive at the chapel in 1949

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother arrive at the chapel in 1949

The Chapel is the last surviving building of a hospital founded by Henry VII for homeless people in 1512. It stands on the area of London known as the Savoy.

The Chapel belongs to Her Majesty The Queen in Her Right as Duke of Lancaster. It is a ‘free’ chapel or ‘peculiar’ not falling within any bishop’s jurisdiction, but remaining firmly within the Church of England.

The Chapel remains an important part of the Savoy Estate, the Duchy of Lancaster’s principal London land holding. It continues to provide spiritual service to the community, as it has done for nearly 500 years.

The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy is also the chapel of the Royal Victorian Order, an Order of Chivalry within the Sovereign’s personal gift. By The Queen’s appointment, the present Chaplain is also Chaplain of the Order.

The expenses of the Chapel are borne by The Queen in Right of Her Duchy of Lancaster, and collections are donated to charity. Maintenance of this historic building remains the Duchy of Lancaster’s responsibility. Other most recent work has included the landscaping of the gardens in honour of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, and the restoration of the Chapel ceiling in 1999.