Take a good look at these hands. They are those of Her Majesty the Queen, in the Isobel Peachey portrait commissioned by Cunard to hang in their new liner, Queen Elizabeth, and unveiled this week at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
As you might expect, they are immaculately manicured hands, but more importantly they seem calm and serene, and they must have remained so during the three sessions in which the Queen posed for the young artist.
Now take a look at Cunard’s video of the unveiling. I can’t help thinking that Cunard president Peter Shanks and Ms Peachey could have followed Her Majesty’s example, instead of fiddling and fidgeting as they addressed their audience.