Artist Mark Sloper created an image of Queen Elizabeth II in which the monarch has blue hair, a nose ring and a heart shaped tattoo on her neck inscribed with ‘Philip’, representing her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen was said to have found the painting hilarious, but asked for the tattoo to be altered to instead show off her royal crest.
Mr Sloper, who exhibits his work under the name Mark Illuminati, said he gave a copy of the print to a friend who showed the Queen’s lady in waiting.
Mr Sloper said: “He said my print had been shown to the Queen who burst out laughing.
“The message was she said it was really good but didn’t like the Philip tattoo and would prefer the lion and unicorn crest.
“I never got this print back so I assume it maybe hanging up in her toilet.”
The artist added: “I got a visit from of the Blues and Royals guardsmen and then a phone call telling me it [the painting] was bad taste.
“I wasn’t going to be intimidates into taking down my art.
“But when I was told she had been shown the portrait, I was happy to make the change.”
Mr Sloper’s image of the Queen will be put up for sale next month at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
Undoubtedly, the Queen will have enjoyed being cheered up by the portrait during what is a difficult time for the country and her family.
It comes as the Queen said she would be returning to work for Remembrance Day, which is expected to take place in the coming months.
Palace insiders said the monarch “fully intends” to be at the Cenotaph for the commemorative day on November 8.
One source said: “She will be there come hell or high water.”
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A palace source added: “The Queen wants to be leading from the front. Remembrance Sunday is a hugely important day for the country and for her personally.
“It is vital she is see at a key event of national unity. She fully intends to be there, it’s a staple in her calendar.”
This year has been difficult for the 94-year-old monarch, who has had to miss out on a number of engagements due to the ongoing pandemic.
Trooping the Colour, Palace garden parties and the Highland games are just a few of the key events the Queen has been forced to skip.
It is understood that the Queen will not return to Buckingham Palace, instead staying at Windsor Castle and commuting into the city for important engagements at the palace.
While Prince Philip had hopes of staying in Sandringham, he has been forced to return to Windsor with the Queen as there isn’t enough staff to safeguard them both.
One royal source told The Sun: “Philip did not want to go to Balmoral and doesn’t want to go to Windsor.
“But there is not enough staff to make two bubbles so he is being made to go. It makes far more sense to keep them together.”