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The Queen

Conservative MP starts campaign calling for portrait of The Queen to be displayed in every home


Conservative MP Joy Morrissey plans to write to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of an initiative to get a portrait of The Queen in “every home, company, and institution that would like one.” Morrissey, MP for Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, launched the initiative along with the British Monarchists Society, of which she is patron. Launching the campaign in a tweet, Morrissey said:

“I am proud to be launching a national campaign with the British Monarchists Society to put a picture of Her Majesty in every home, company and institution that would like one. It is time to rediscover our pride in being British!”

In response to her tweet, some replies suggest money could be better spent on structural issues within schools or meals for those in need. Some critics are dismissing the idea and are calling it a “huge waste of money.”

The initiative comes after an Oxford college voted to remove their own picture of The Queen because they felt she was a symbol of colonialism. The move is also scheduled to coincide with a programme of events held to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. One arguing aspect Morrissey used is that in Australia, citizens can write to their MP for a free portrait of The Queen, and she believes the same should be done in the UK.

“I think this is a wonderful, patriotic and unifying campaign for our country. I will be writing to the Prime Minister to ask him to give it careful consideration and looking for opportunities to discuss further in Parliament.”

When a spokesman for Prime Minister Johnson was asked if he had a portrait of Her Majesty in his Downing Street home, there was no answer. When asked if the government will support the campaign, the same spokesman said: “There are many excellent ways people can show their support for the Royal Family.”

Morrissey’s campaign comes after the UK Government asked schools to support One Britain One Nation Day on 25 June – a day aimed to “create a strong, harmonious, and proud British nation.” The day includes a song written especially for the event by primary school children.

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.