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With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this weekend - plus a new touring exhibition, The Queen: Art & Image, making its latest stop at the National Portrait Gallery in London - we've rounded-up a few of our favourite bits of Queen-inspired artwork, including a few images that can be seen in person in the Art & Image exhibition.

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  • The Queen on a Coffee Bean

    To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and their support of The Big Jubilee Lunch, Douwe Egberts collaborated with British Micro-Sculptor, Willard Wigan, to create, what is believed to be, the world's smallest ever portrait of the Queen on a coffee bean. The miniature masterpiece of the Queen's head is so small it is invisible to the naked eye, can only be seen using a magnifying glass, and was created by slowing down the artist's heartbeat to avoid hand tremors.

  • The Queen in miniature

    Nic Joly spent three days making this miniature masterpiece of the Queen. The stamp-sized version of Her Majesty is made from clay, wire, thread and paper with the finishing touches applied in paint.

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    Image: Rex Features

  • The Queen in Beer and Spices

    Cobra beer commissioned famous beer painter Karen Eland to create some portraits of the Queen, Kate Middleton and Jessie J using only Cobra Beer and Indian spices.

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  • The Queen on a Building

    The largest ever picture of the Queen and the Royal family was unveiled at Sea Containers House on the South Bank for the whole of Jubilee month.

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  • The Queen on the Runway

    Heathrow unveiled a giant 540 square metre Union Jack flag featuring a silhouette of Her Majesty the Queen on its North runway. It was the first time in the airport's history that an image has been painted on the live airfield.

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  • The Queen in Lego

    A lego mosaic of Queen Elizabeth II made up of 158,000-bricks went on display at the Hamleys store in Regent Street, London for Jubilee weekend.

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    Image: Rex Features

  • The Queen in Diamonds

    To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, acclaimed light artist, Chris Levine and luxury goods brand, Asprey, created a new work based on his celebrated portraiture of the Queen. The Queen’s diamond diadem, worn by Her Majesty for the procession to her Coronation in 1953, features within the installation and has been recreated by Asprey from 1000 white brilliant cut diamonds, painstakingly set in platinum by Asprey’s exacting craftsmen and overlaid onto the original, three dimensional image.

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  • The Queen in flowers

    This modern take on a portrait of the Queen was made by royalist and famed British artist Louise Dear. A limited edition print of 'Our Young Queen', hand embellished with Swarovski Crystals will also be available to purchase, priced at £995.

    Image: Rex Features

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  • The Queen in Cupcakes

    Food artist Prudence Staite was commissioned by Leeds-based baking brand Dr. Oetker to create a picture of the Queen to toast HRH's 60-year reign. Made from 2,012 hand-decorated cupcakes, the edible portrait took Prudence over 300 hours to make.

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    Picture credit: Rex Features

  • Coronation Plaque

    A plaster cast profile of Queen Elizabeth II created in 1952 designed by Mr N A Trent of Chelsea to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation.

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