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A tiny portrait of the Queen has been sculpted onto a 2mm coffee bean in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

The world-renowned British micro-sculptor Willard Wigan used homemade tools that included a minuscule hair from a housefly's back to carve the portrait. It is said to be the world's smallest portrait of the Queen.

Queen portrait on coffee bean

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He stated that he has never sculpted on such a miniature scale - a person can only see the image of the Queen's head using a magnifying glass as it is invisible to the naked eye.

Wigan said of the project: "This celebratory one-off portrait will hopefully commemorate the reign of Her Majesty for many years to come."

The collaboration with Douwe Egbert's coffee company took four weeks to complete as the artist had to sculpt between slowed-down heartbeats to avoid destructive hand tremors.

The Birmingham-born artist admitted that he enjoyed the challenge. His creative flare emerged aged 5 when he used to make tiny houses, shoes and hats.

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