Coronation Portrait Disses The Queen

The 60th Anniversary portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is a diss to Her Majesty and resembles Margaret Thatcher

Queen Elizabeth II by Nicky Phillips
Queen Elizabeth II by Nicky Phillips

Now I’m no big fan of the Royal Family (UK). I don’t hate them either, I just have a mild interest and slight curiosity about how the monarch ‘runs their house‘. Anyway…fan or not, any fool can see that the latest painting of Queen Elizabeth II (above) is a BIG diss to Her Majesty.

The Real Lizzie
The Real Lizzie

Artist, Nicky Phillips was commissioned by Royal Mail to paint a portrait of ol’ Lizzie to commemorate her 60th Coronation anniversary (- God knows what the big celebration was all about last year then!?!). Along with five other portraits of the Queen (from different periods of time), these paintings were replicated as postage stamps to mark the occasion. Now, as you can see, just like me, the picture painted by Ms Phillips looks nothing like Queen Lizzie and is quite insulting. Experts have labelled it “abominable” and critics say it resembles the late Margaret Thatcher (former UK Prime Minister) more than it does the Queen.

The late Margaret Thatcher who must have been on Nicky Phillips' mind whilst she was painting
The late Margaret Thatcher who must have been on Nicky Phillips’ mind whilst she was painting

I said exactly the same thing myself when I first seen the portrait last week, but none of my friends or family agreed with me (they don’t have the ‘expert’ eyes that I were blessed with). Look at the facial features of Margaret and those in the portrait. Instant similarities. Only the trademark bouffant and the regal jewelry identify the Queen.   The Queen may be getting on in age, but this painting just adds on the years and is totally unflattering.  I’d love to know what Lizzie thinks of the painting and I can guarantee she won’t be requesting for the original to adorn any of the walls in Buckingham Palace. Nicky Phillips should be grateful that we’re not in the olden days…when the Queen would’ve requested to be “off with her head”

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