The Queen asks artist to change his punk portrait of her – because she didn't like the neck tattoo
THE Queen wanted her punk portrait changed — as she didn’t like the tattoo on her neck.
Artist Mark Sloper created an image of Her Majesty with blue hair, a nose ring and the loveheart inking.
The monarch, 94, was said to have found the artwork hilarious but asked for the tattoo of husband Philip’s name to be altered to show her royal crest.
Mark, 55, also told how he was earlier confronted by an irate cavalry officer over the portrait hanging in the window of a gallery near Buckingham Palace.
He later gave a print to a pal who showed it to the Queen’s lady in waiting.
Mark, who exhibits as Mark Illuminati, said: “He said my print had been shown to the Queen who burst out laughing.
“The message was she said it was really good but didn’t like the Philip tattoo and would prefer the lion and unicorn crest.
“I never got the print back so assume it may be hanging in her toilet.
“I got a visit from one of the Blues and Royals guardsmen and then a phone call telling me it was bad taste. I wasn’t going to be intimidated into taking down my art.
“But when I was told she had been shown the portrait, I was happy to make the change.”
Mark’s image is on sale next month at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
Buckingham Palace did not want to comment.
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