Queen thanks artist for ‘creepy’ portrait of Prince Philip

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Queen thanks artist for 'creepy' portrait of Prince Philip
Queen thanks artist for 'creepy' portrait of Prince Philip Credit: Wikimedia

Queen thanks artist for ‘creepy’ and ‘pretty awful’ portrait of Prince Philip.

A 23-year-old artist from Hertfordshire has been left feeling “really honoured and really grateful” after she received a letter from the Queen thanking her for the portrait that she sent of the late Duke of Edinburgh. The artist herself though considered her work to be “creepy” and “pretty awful”.

Honor Morrison painted the portrait after seeing the Duke of Edinburgh all over the telly after his death. After sending the painting she received a personalised letter from Buckingham Palace which was written by one of the Queens ladies-in-waiting.

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To start with the artist hung the painting in her family home but she found it too “creepy”. To her, it felt like Prince Philip was watching her, according to Royal Central.

Morrison took to TikTok and explained how if she received 1000 likes she would send the portrait to the Queen herself. The video quickly went viral and she gained plenty of likes so she decided to follow through and send the portrait. The portrait was sent in May and last week she received a personalised letter.

The letter read: “The Queen wishes me to write and thank you very much for your message of sympathy and for the charming painting you sent on the death of Her Majesty’s beloved husband, The Duke of Edinburgh.”


“The Queen has been deeply touched by the messages she has received from all around the world and is most grateful for your thoughtful support for Her Majesty at this time in sending her your kind present.”

The artist also recorded herself as she opened the letter. “It was a sunny afternoon, and I really fancied panting. I didn’t want to do my mum as I knew her face too well. Prince Philip was absolutely everywhere on TV, and I didn’t know who else to paint. Not to be rude but his wrinkly face made for a great subject,” said the artist.

She also said that she feels “really honoured and really grateful” to have received the letter.



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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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