Painting of the Queen by Ralph Heimans
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Queen's portrait defaced with paint in Westminster Abbey

A portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey has been defaced with spray paint, an abbey spokesman has said.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after being detained by security guards at the abbey, Scotland Yard said.

Campaign group Fathers 4 Justice said it thought a member was responsible but the protest was not official.

The oil on canvas by Ralph Heimans went on display in Chapter House in May and depicts the Queen in state dress.

Sarah Campbell reports.

  • 13 Jun 2013
  • From the section UK
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