More public institutions able to apply for King portrait

From 5 June, more public institutions will be able to apply for a free portrait of the King.

His Majesty The King’s Official Portrait Scheme has now been extended to include hospitals, coastguard operations centres, job centres, universities, Church of England churches and other public institutions.

Institutions can apply for one free framed portrait per establishment.

The scheme was previously open to local authorities, court buildings, schools, police forces and fire and rescue services and other public institutions across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, among others.

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden said: “His Majesty’s accession marked a new chapter in the history of our nation.

“Our public authorities and established churches are an essential part of the fabric of the nation and it is right that they have the chance to commemorate this moment.

“Displaying this new portrait also serves as a reminder of the example set by our ultimate public servant. Like his mother before him, The King has dedicated his life and work to serving others.”

The portrait was taken at Windsor Castle last year by photographer Hugo Burnand and shows His Majesty wearing a Royal Navy uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet and official medals and decorations. The scheme cost £8 million.

 

Image: Mark Tantrum, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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