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

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A woman who painted a ‘pretty awful’ portrait of the late Duke of Edinburgh and sent it to The Queen received a personalised letter back from Buckingham Palace. 23-year-old Honor Morrison sent the art because she found it ‘creepy’ and felt as if Prince Philip was watching her. But, she didn’t want to bin her work.

Honor spent four hours painting the Duke after seeing his face over the news for several days. Once she finished, she placed the art in the living room of her family home in St Albans, Hertfordshire, but at the end of the day, she just found her art “too creepy.” In a TikTok, Honor jokingly said she would send the portrait to the palace. The video itself received more than 1,000 likes and went viral.

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1,000 likes and I’ll send it to the Queen ##fyp ##princephilip ##thequeen ##painting

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Last week, Honor received a letter in the post with a Royal Mail ER stamp on the envelope. 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.”

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I got a letter from Buckingham palace!! ##fyp ##queen ##buckinghampalace

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Overjoyed, the BBC assistant filmed herself opening the letter which included a special photo pamphlet about the Prince. “His death just struck a chord with me,” said Honor.

“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.

“I put it on TikTok, and as a joke, I suggested I would send it to Buckingham Palace if it reached over 1,000 likes. It went mad, so I filmed myself wrapping it up. I sent it off in May, and there was silence ever since.”

Honor went on to finish that she feels “really honoured and really grateful”, adding, “It’s incredibly touching, and I wasn’t expecting anything back. I’m just really surprised, and it’s one of those things I’ll keep forever and be sure to tell the grandkids in years to come.”

Honor’s TikTok has since received over 1.7 million views.

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.