Queen mural in Hounslow divides opinion ahead of funeral

A mural painted in honor of Queen Elizabeth II has sparked divided opinion online, with some complaining about the apparent lack of resemblance to the late monarch.

Since the Queen’s death aged 96 last week (Thursday 8 September), people across Britain and the world have paid tribute in a variety of ways.

In west London, world record holder Jignesh Patel and his relative Yash Patel painted a large mural of the monarch near Hounslow East tube station.

“We love the Queen, when she died we thought we had to pay tribute,” Jignesh told the BBC.

However, the tribute has raised eyebrows as some question how accurate the painting is.

“As a mark of respect to the Queen, this mural is now of Paddy Ashdown in a posh hat,” one person wrote on Twitter, comparing the artwork to a picture of the late Liberal Democrat politician.

Elsewhere, another person joked that it was a “great tribute to Alex Ferguson,” while others have compared the picture to Michael Flatley or Brian May.

A mural of the Queen in Hounslow, west London

(Mark Silcox/SWNS)

“That’s Michael Flatley, isn’t it?” reads a tweet; Another commenter wrote, “Michael Flatley emerges from a house fire.”

Despite the mixed reactions to the work, the artists hope the mural will last for at least a decade.

“The paint we used lasts 10 to 15 years,” Jignesh Patel told the broadcaster.

“If we can inspire kids and get them to enjoy the mural, it can make an impact on the community.”

Follow the latest updates after the death of Queen Elizabeth the second here.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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