New portrait of King Charles covered in graffiti by activists in London gallery

The first official portrait of King Charles III since his coronation has been covered with posters by activists in a London gallery.

Animal Rising activists pasted Wallace and Gromit-themed posters on the new painting of the monarch, which is currently on public display at London’s Philip Mold Gallery, around noon on Tuesday.

The group shared a video of two of their followers pasting the cartoon character Wallace’s face over Charles’s in Jonathan Yeo’s red-hued painting. They also placed a sandwich that said in capital letters: “No cheese, Gromit. Look at all this cruelty on RSPCA farms!”

The rally was aimed at highlighting Animal Rising’s “damning investigation” into 45 farms “secured” by the RSPCA, the group said.

The King is the royal patron of the RSPCA and Animal Rising has called on the monarch to suspend his support for the charity.

The demonstration aimed to highlight the
The rally was aimed at highlighting Animal Rising’s “damning investigation” into 45 RSPCA “secured” farms, the group says. (Animal Rising/PA Cable)

Daniel Juniper, a former early childhood practitioner and one of those involved, said: “Given that King Charles is a huge fan of Wallace and Gromit, we couldn’t think of a better way to draw his attention to the horrific scenes in RSPCA Assured. . farms.

“While we hope Your Majesty finds this amusing, we also ask that you seriously reconsider whether you want to be associated with the terrible suffering on farms supported by the RSPCA.

King Charles III presents the portrait of the monarch made by artist Jonathan Yeo in the Blue Room of Buckingham Palace.
King Charles III presents the portrait of the monarch made by artist Jonathan Yeo in the Blue Room of Buckingham Palace. (Pennsylvania)

“Charles has made it clear that he is sensitive to the suffering of animals on UK farms; “Now is the perfect time for him to come forward and call on the RSPCA to abandon the Assured Plan and tell the truth about animal farming.”

The report, published by Animal Rising on Sunday, contains results from research on 45 farms across the UK with chickens, pigs, salmon and trout.

The portrait is currently on public display at the Philip Mold Gallery in London.
The portrait is currently on public display at the Philip Mold Gallery in London. (Pennsylvania)

It alleges 280 legal breaches and 94 breaches of Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) regulations, and Animal Rising is calling on the RSPCA to abandon the scheme.

Animal Rising describes itself as a people-powered, non-violent organization working towards a sustainable future where humanity shares a positive relationship with animals and nature.

The group added that the signs can be easily removed without damaging the paint.

The Independent has approached the RSPCA for comment.