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A new mural honours King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II

A new mural in Northampton commemorates Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her son and successor, King Charles III.

Funded by the council, it has been described as a “fitting to mark such an historical occasion with a visual tribute” by Councillor Jane Birch in a statement posted to the town’s website.

Birch said: “It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II shortly after all the celebrations of her Platinum Jubilee. The accession of King Charles III starts a new chapter of our monarchy.”

The Lord Lieutenant of Northampton, James Saunders Watson, added: “I am delighted that the Town Council have commissioned this mural to the passing of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of King Charles III.”

The mural was designed and painted by Liam Freeman and Mez White, both of whom work for the Spraycatz collective. It features portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III with an “artistic depiction” of the dates 1952-2022, marking Elizabeth II’s reign and transition to Charles III’s reign.

The mural was funded through the Councillor Community Fund with the support of Councillor Nazim Choudary.

While it has received positive reviews for its subject matter, the artistic depictions of the monarchs have come under question, with one resident telling the local Northants Live that it looks like the images of Elizabeth II and Charles III were based on Spitting Image puppets.

The Northampton mural is just the latest tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 in September. Earlier this fall, King Charles unveiled a statue of his late mother at York Minister. He said that the likeness was “a tribute to a life of extraordinary service and devotion” of his mother and that she would stand guard over the Queen Elizabeth Square for centuries to come.

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Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.