British artist's sketch of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip goes viral


All profits from the sale of Kerri Cunningham's sketch of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip sitting on a picnic blanket, will be channelled to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Britain. Photo: Kerri Cunningham/Murphys Sketches

British illustrator Kerri Cunningham's viral sketch of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip sitting on a picnic blanket, is being sold to raise money for charity.

Inspired by a photograph of the couple at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, this was Cunningham's poignant tribute to the Queen after her death on Sept 8.

A corgi, one of the Queen's beloved dogs, is also included in the sketch.

"I just thought it would be nice to recreate that in memory of her. I really wanted to get across their relationship in a sketch. I think what a lot of people thought when they heard the news (about the Queen's death), was that the two of them are now reunited," she said in a recent interview with GB News.

"I am touched that people have been moved by that sketch and I am absolutely overwhelmed by the reaction to the original drawing," she added.

Her sketch was drawn with a black pen and colour pencils, with the words “Hello again Lilibet”, the Queen's childhood nickname.

All sale profits will be donated to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, of which the Queen was patron.

Cunningham also has another sketch, depicting the Queen standing at the end of a rainbow with one of her Corgis, which is also available to purchase.

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