Queen asked her portrait painter to move an aerial so she could watch the horse
And it seems nothing will stop the Queen when it comes to making sure her much-loved thoroughbreds triumph.
Her Majesty politely asked a famous portrait painter to reposition a TV aerial so she could watch a race while being captured on canvas, it emerged yesterday.
Bernard Hailstone was a celebrated painter but his reputation did not stop the Queen from getting him to move the aerial so she could watch the action during the sitting at Buckingham Palace.
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Mr Hailstone’s son Donovan said: “My father was painting the Queen at Buckingham Palace and she asked him: ‘Would you mind if I watch the race, I have a horse running?’
“He got the TV working for her and moved the aerial.”
The amusing anecdote came as a time capsule of previously unseen portraits and sketches of the Royal family, political heavyweights and film stars was unearthed in Mr Hailstone’s abandoned studio.
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The 1977 picture of the Queen forms part of a remarkable collection of 400 works by Mr Hailstone which have been unearthed by his family 30 years after his death.
She asked him: 'Would you mind if I watch the race, I have a horse running?'
They are now being sold for a total of £35,000.
Other famous figures who sat for Mr Hailstone were the Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Sir Winston Churchill and former US president Jimmy Carter.
The then-US president was sketched by Mr Hailstone during a flight from London to New York, while Mr Hailstone and Churchill discussed aliens during their sitting at Chartwell in Kent.
Portrait painter Bernard Hailstone
The collection includes work that have sat untouched for three decades in Hadlow Tower in Tonbridge, Kent, where he lived.
Donovan Hailstone said: “When he painted Winston Churchill they apparently discussed life in outer space.
“Churchill apparently told him that he thought aliens should be treated with the contempt they deserve!
Winston Churchill apparently discussed life in outer space while being painted
“My father was just very relaxed with people and enjoyed a good gossip. He lived a remarkable life rich in character.”
Neil Shuttleworth, director at Special Auction Services in Newbury, Berks., said they anticipate a “great deal of interest” in the “wonderful” collection of portraits.
He said: ”For the Queen he went to one of the palaces and did live sketches and took photos.”
The works will go under the hammer on February 14.