June 24, 2024
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Animal Rising activists paste Wallace and Gromit image over portrait of King Charles at London art gallery

A painting of King Charles III has been vandalised by animal rights activists.

Protesters pasted a cartoon image of Wallace, from the Wallace and Gromit comedy series, over the king’s head on Tuesday, local time. 

The so-called ”comic redecoration″ was designed to highlight an investigation that Animal Rising said found widespread violation of animal husbandry rules at farms approved by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

A speech bubble next to the head of Wallace read: “No cheese, Gromit. Look at all this cruelty on RSPCA farms!”

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The portrait was not damaged during the incident. (AP Photo: Animal Rising)

Charles is the royal patron of the RSPCA.

The painting is protected by a sheet of plastic and wasn’t damaged, according to the Philip Mould Gallery, where it is on display.

This is the latest in a series of incidents at UK museums as campaigners use vandalism to publicise their causes.

The larger-than-life painting by Jonathan Yeo was unveiled last month and is the first portrait of Charles to be completed since he ascended the throne in 2022. 

 King Charles III next to portrait himself.

Artist Jonathan Yeo and King Charles next to the original portrait. (Aaron Chown: Pool Photo via AP)

It captures the king in shades of red with his hands clasped atop the hilt of his sword and a butterfly flitting above his right shoulder.

The portrait was commissioned to celebrate Charles’s 50 years as a member of the Drapers’ Company, which was set up more than 600 years ago as a trade association for wool merchants but is now primarily a philanthropic organisation.

On May 10, two climate change protesters attacked the protective glass case housing an original copy of the Magna Carta at the British Library. 

The 800-year-old document, seen as one of foundations of Western democracy, wasn’t damaged.



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