Portrait of Queen Elizabeth vandalized with paint

A portrait of the Queen by Ralph Heimans has been vandalized with spray paint whilst on display in Chapter House  at Westminster Abbey. The painting was unveiled in 2012 as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images
A portrait of the Queen, shown here at its unveiling in 2012, was vandalized with spray paint while on display in Chapter House at Westminster Abbey.

Police have arrested a man for allegedly spray-painting a portrait of Queen Elizabeth on display at Westminster Abbey.

Tim Haries, 41, appeared in a London court Friday to face charges of criminal damage of more than $7,800. He did not enter a plea and was released on conditional bail until his next hearing later this month.

Haries allegedly defaced the portrait during a lunchtime visit to the esteemed church.

“Until work can be done to remedy the damage it will — very regrettably — not be possible to have the painting on public view,” an Abbey official said in a statement.

Artist Ralph Heimans created the official portrait for the queen’s diamond jubilee celebration last year. The 9-by-11-foot portrait, which had only been on display for a few weeks, portrays an imagined scene of the modern-day queen standing at the spot where her coronation took place when she was 27 years old.


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