British man charged with defacing queen’s portrait
LONDON (AP) — Police
say a man has been charged with allegedly spraying paint on a portrait
of Queen Elizabeth II that is hanging in Westminster Abbey.
Tim Haries is due to appear in a London court Friday charged with criminal damage over 5,000 pounds ($7,800).
41-year-old was arrested at the abbey Thursday after a portrait of the
monarch by Australian artist Ralph Heimans was defaced with paint.
dads' rights group Fathers 4 Justice said Haries was a member and had
painted the word “help” on the 9-foot by 11-foot (2.5-meter by
Heimans' portrait, which depicts the queen on
the spot in the abbey where she was crowned, was commissioned last year
to mark the monarch's 60 years on the throne.