Portrait Of Queen Elizabeth Defaced With Spray Paint At Westminster Abbey

Category: Media & Culture / Jun 13, 2013 12:35PM EDT

UK Police said they had arrested a man after a portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth was defaced with paint at Westminster Abbey on Thursday (June 13).

The painting, by Australian-born London-based artist Ralph Heimans, had been part of a display marking the 60 years since the queen's coronation in 1953.

An Abbey spokesman said a visitor sprayed paint on the portrait presently on display in the Chapter House.

He said the painting will not be on public view until the damage was remedied.

London's Metropolitan Police said security guards had detained a suspect at the scene. Officers arrested the 41-year-old man on suspicion of criminal damage and he has been taken to a central London police station for questioning.

No details about the motive for the attack have emerged but the incident has not been linked to a week-long series of protests against a meeting of G8 leaders which Britain is hosting in Northern Ireland next week.

Last week, the queen and senior members of the royal family attended a service of celebration at the Abbey to mark the diamond anniversary of her coronation.

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