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    Watch: Animal Rights Activists Deface King Charles III’s First Official Portrait

    The first official portrait of King Charles III was unveiled after his coronation at Buckingham Palace. It was a grand oil canvas with red being the dominant color and King was depicted with a sword and a butterfly. But it seems some animal rights activists didn’t like the portrait.

    Animal rights activists vandalized the monarch’s first official portrait with an animated character superimposing his face. The whole incident was also recorded on the camera and is trending on social media platforms.

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    King Charles’ First Official Portrait Targeted By Animal Rights Activists

    King Charles III
    Animal activists vandalizing the portrait

    It was only last month when King Charles III’s official portrait made by artist Jonathan Yeo was unveiled last month since his coronation, and now it has become a target of animal rights activists. King’s face was covered with an animated character Wallace.

    A speech bubble was also put with read: “No cheese Gromit. Look at all this cruelty on RSPCA farms”. Two people were in the video posted on X (Twitter). The artwork was targeted because of the King’s stop-motion Wallace and Gromit comedy franchise created by Nick Park and his position as Royal Patron of the RSPCA.

    Moreover, they also wanted to draw attention to the cruelty reported by the RSPCA farms, as said by Daniel Juniper. He said, “Even though we hope this is amusing to His Majesty, we also call on him to seriously reconsider if he wants to be associated with the awful suffering across farms being endorsed by the RSPCA”.

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    King Charles III Portrait at the Buckingham Palace

    Gallery owner Philip Mould said that he anticipated that this might happen in the future, hence they secured the frame with protected layers, and he wasn’t surprised either. He said, “The attack on the picture was not actually of a serious nature. The perpetrators put water on the surface very quickly in a swift manoeuvre and then they added stickers to that”.

    Paul continued, “No damage was done. The stickers only remained up for about 10 or 15 seconds, and then were taken down by my gallery staff”. He asked, “I asked the individuals to leave and they did.”

    People also had their reactions to the incident on X (Twitter). Here are some tweets:

    Meanwhile, Juniper also continued, Charles has made it clear he is sensitive to the suffering of animals in UK farms; now is the perfect time for him to step up and call on the RSPCA to drop the Assured Scheme and tell the truth about animal farming”.

    Previously, the portrait was also considered to be sinister due to the red brush strokes. Many social media users didn’t like how the painting made them feel. They even claimed it to be satanic by copy-pasting and flipping the portrait to reveal a sinister face.

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