Updated Queen on display in London

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A new waxwork of the Queen has been unveiled in London ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

It is the 23rd waxwork of the Queen for Madame Tussauds London and has been designed to reflect the official Jubilee portrait photograph of the monarch. The model will feature 53,000 Swarovski crystals on a white and silver lace dress wearing a blue sash.

Principal sculptor Steve Swales, who is responsible for the new figure, said: "It is extremely exciting to create a wax figure of Queen Elizabeth II and understandably rather nerve-racking too.

"Meeting the Queen at our last sitting was an invaluable help in creating this figure. She was very relaxed and warm and I've tried to portray that, whilst maintaining a sense of majesty. Her expression is soft, as if she is just about to break into a smile. I hope she approves of the end result."

It took four months to produce the updated waxwork and it cost close to £150,000 in total. The figure will now take central place alongside waxworks of a number of key royal family members including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

Madame Tussauds is a short walk from Baker Street tube station, which is on the Bakerloo, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines, so is in easy reach for those staying in central London hotels this summer.

Entry to the museum costs £30 per adult on the door, while children's tickets are priced at £25.80.