King Charles delivers speech to German Bundestag on state visit
Republicans have slammed the Government for spending £8million on offering free portraits of King Charles to institutions such as councils, courts and schools during the cost of living crisis. Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden said the move was part of plans to celebrate the King’s new reign ahead of the Coronation, however opponents have accused the ministers of “losing their minds”.
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Mr Dowden said public bodies such as schools, police forces, councils and courts would be among those eligible for a free portrait.
He said: “They will help us turn a page in our history together and pay a fitting tribute to our new sovereign.
“Now, as we unite in preparing for the splendour of the King’s Coronation, these new portraits will serve as a visible reminder in buildings up and down the country of the nation’s ultimate public servant.”
A government source said: “The whole country is looking forward to the Coronation celebrations — it must be a truly miserable time to be a penny-pinching anti-monarchist.”
Graham Smith, CEO of the anti-monarchy campaign Republic, called the scheme a “shameful waste of money” and ordered it to be scrapped.
He added: “At a time when a majority of local councils are raising taxes and cutting public services, when schools and hospitals are struggling, to spend even £1 on this nonsense would be £1 too much.
“The government has lost the plot if they think that people want their money spent on pictures of Charles.
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“They need to scrap this scheme and direct the money where it’s really needed. The Coronation is estimated to cost anything from £50 million to £100 million and we can see why. This waste is absolutely scandalous.”
The government said: “It is right that public authorities, as part of the fabric of our nation, have the opportunity to commemorate this moment.”
The King has already made his plans to slim down the Coronation ceremony clear, by shortening the service time and limiting the numbers on the guest list.
It has also been speculated that Queen Consort Camilla could snub the tradition of carrying an ivory sceptre at the Coronation due to backlash over the ivory trade.
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There have been claims Prince William is in favour of leaving the sceptre out of proceedings, as he is a passionate advocate for conservation in Africa.
Some have suggested the move is “virtue-signalling”, with the sceptre having been used by every Queen Consort at a Coronation since 1685.
Formed of three sections of ivory, the sceptre was designed by goldsmith Sir Robert Vyner for Mary of Modena, the Queen Consort of King James II.
At the top of the three-foot artefact is a dove which represents the Holy Spirit.
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