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BBC South East Diamond Jubilee mosaic on show in Rochester

The mosaic on display in Rochester Cathedral
Image caption The portrait, featuring more than 5,000 photos submitted by BBC viewers and listeners, is on display between 8 and 19 August

BBC South East's unique Jubilee photo mosaic, commissioned to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, has gone on display at Rochester Cathedral.

More than 5,000 BBC viewers and listeners in the South East submitted photos to the project.

The finished image contains a contemporary picture of the Queen and a photo taken at the beginning of her reign.

Dean of Rochester, The Very Reverend Dr Mark Beach said: "In this year of celebration it is a delight to have this wonderful picture of the Queen on display at the Cathedral.

"I hope that many people will visit our beautiful Cathedral and enjoy all that Rochester has to offer for a family day out."

'Historic location'

The portrait was previously shown at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne and Margate's Turner Contemporary.

Quentin Smith, editor for the BBC South East, said: "We are really excited to be working with Rochester Cathedral, as this will be the first time our art will be shown at a historic location.

Image caption The mosaic was previously displayed at the Towner Gallery and Turner Contemporary

"We hope it will create a unique experience for visitors. We have been overwhelmed by the public response and subsequent reaction to The People's Monarch since we first launched the project."

Some people who took part in the project submitted family portraits, photos of their ancestors, snaps of important occasions in their lives and of times that made them laugh.

Viewers also used the opportunity to share precious memories of loved ones they had lost.

Artist Helen Marshall, aided by computer art experts Polly Tiles, then used the images to create the special photo mosaic portrait.

The mosaic is being exhibited in the Nave of Rochester Cathedral from 8 to 19 August. The exhibition is free and visiting times are 09:30 to 16:30 BST.

You can also view the Jubilee photo mosaic online

Click on the following link to view a special digital version of the BBC South East Jubilee photo mosaic.

Use the tools below the image to zoom in and out of the portraits of the Queen to find yourself, a friend or a loved one.

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