Portrait of King Charles III vandalised

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A portrait of King Charles III in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh has been vandalised by spray paint by climate activists.

Two members of the climate group “This is Rigged” protested by spraying the words” ‘the people are mightier than a lord” in pink paint onto the painting. This phrase comes from a slogan of the Highland Land League.

A spokesperson at the National Galleries of Scotland said, “This afternoon, there was a protest at National Galleries of Scotland: Portrait. We have closed the Modern Portrait room. The rest of the gallery is open as normal for visitors. At the moment, we are assessing the impact, but there appears to be no sign of damage to any actual artwork.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson added, “We were made aware of protestors at the National Galleries of Scotland: Portrait shortly after 3.05pm on Wednesday, 26 July. Two people, aged 28 and 21, have been arrested in connection with the incident and enquiries are ongoing.”

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