Sand artist creates moving portrait of The Queen on a beach

A sand artist has revealed her own unique tribute to the Queen after creating a giant postage stamp portrait on a beach.

Claire Eason, 57, spent four hours painstakingly etching the amazing 65 feet image in May for the Platinum Jubilee.

But she has now revealed the final images from the day, showing the approaching tide washing over the portrait as a ‘fitting goodbye’ to the monarch.

Retired GP Claire used a garden rake to create the portrait at Bamburgh beach in Northumberland.

Mum-of-two Claire, of Sunderland, said: “As I was filming with the drone the tide came in and I captured it just touching the image and I thought this looks like a goodbye.

“I didn’t put it out at the time because it didn’t match the celebratory feeling of the jubilee.

“But I held on to it because I knew we would be saying goodbye at some point.

“It wasn’t a deliberate thing, it was unexpected, but it felt like it marked the end.

“It’s been really touching to see people’s response, they have said it is a fitting goodbye.”

Claire said she chose the image of a first class stamp because it is one of the most recognisable of Queen Elizabeth.

She said: “I was very saddened when I heard The Queen had died, she has been a part of everyone’s life for so long.

“She has given us all that sense of constant and when that comes to an end it’s hard.”