BBC South East Diamond Jubilee photo mosaic

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Artist Helen Marshall used more than 5,000 photos submitted by BBC viewers and listeners in the South East to make the mosaic

More than 5,000 BBC viewers and listeners in the South East have helped to create a unique artwork to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Many people submitted family portraits, photos of their ancestors, snaps of important occasions in their lives and of times that made them laugh.

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

Baljit Balrow, from Maidstone, Kent, sent a photo of herself with traditional Indian jewellery and a union jack painted on her face.

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Baljit Balrow wanted to show her pride in multicultural Britain

She said: "I want this picture to represent our proud multicultural Britain. No matter how much you adapt to another culture, it doesn't mean you lose your cultural roots."

Philippa Wilson of New Romney, Kent, submitted a picture of the moment when she was reunited with her husband, Pte Paul Wilson, on his return from six months of active service in Afghanistan.

She said: "The photo captures the emotion of our first hug. I feel it would be a wonderful addition to your mosaic as he had just returned from fighting for Queen and country and is very patriotic."

'Inspirational photos'

Artist Helen Marshall, aided by computer art experts Polly Tiles, used the images that were submitted to create a special photo mosaic portrait of the Queen.

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

A spokeswoman for BBC South East said: "The project has taken on a life of its own with everyone thinking long and hard about the image they want to represent them and their family in our Jubilee artwork.

"Stand up close to our artwork and you will see a mass of touching, funny or inspirational photos - step back 20 paces and it transforms to become a double portrait of the Queen."

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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