Why is There An Uproar About King Charles III’s Portrait in the UK?
“Official portraits of Queen Elizabeth II are currently on display in many public institutions, and the offering of the new official portrait of King Charles III will enable organisations across the UK to carry on that tradition,” the UK Cabinet Office said in a press statement.
However, critics such as the anti-monarch group, Republic describe the move as a “shameful waste of money.” The chief executive of the group, Graham Smith, believes that the economic situation of the UK is at its worst and needs all the funds it can get to be resuscitated.
“At a time when a majority of local councils are raising taxes and cutting public services, when schools and hospitals are struggling, to spend even £1 (€1.17) on this nonsense would be £1 too much,” Graham Smith said.
The Cabinet Office still defends that “His Majesty’s accession has marked the beginning of a new reign and the UK Government considers it right that public authorities, as part of the fabric of our nation, have the opportunity to commemorate this moment, strengthen civil pride and reflect the new era in our history.”
As part of an initiative to replace all Queen Elizabeth portraits in the UK public offices and institutions, the cabinet set aside €9.3 million for King Charles III portraits to be distributed to these institutions for free.
Currently, public entities such as local councils, courts, schools, and police forces have the opportunity to request a complimentary framed portrait until February 2, 2024. The portraits, measuring 64cm by 51cm, are anticipated to be delivered between February and April.
In the portrait taken by Hugo Burnand,n the Grand Corridor of the royal residence, exuding a serious demeanour. His right hand gently rests on a pristine pair of white gloves placed on an antique table, while his left hand firmly holds a sword.