EACH year, the Queen sits for an official portrait. In the past, her image has been immortalised in oils by such eminent artists as Pietro Annigoni, Lucian Freud and Rolf Harris, and illustrious names like these don’t come cheap. It’s an undeniable fact that, with each commission costing at least £50,000 or more, royal portraiture is an area that is clearly ripe for cost-cutting.
For her next official likeness, Her Majesty should simply get her butler to snap her on his mobile phone and then use a free fun “app” to apply an oil-painting effect to the image. For a mere £15 or so, the finished portrait could then be printed out A2-size, with a matt or gloss finish, at the Mayfair branch of Snappy Snaps. For a few pounds extra, if it is going to be displayed at the National Gallery, the picture could even be applied to real canvas and then popped into a smart £10 frame from IKEA. Hold it, ma’am… Flash, bang, wallop! What a saving!