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Emily’s portrait is fit for a Queen

Friday, 09 November, 2012 - Modified on Friday, 09 November, 2012 at 12:36 pm


Former St. Mary & St. Chad First School pupil Emily Ardron will be travelling to London on Saturday 17th November to attend a reception celebrating the finalists and winners of a nationwide schools’ competition - ‘Portrait of Our Queen’.


Emily, 9, now at Brewood Middle School, has beaten off thousands of entries to claim the runners up prize in the year 4 category of the competition.


Every school in Britain was invited to take part and ask their pupils to paint or draw a portrait of The Queen. The aim was to encourage children to unleash their imagination by simply putting pencil to paper and make a lasting contribution to their nation’s cultural history.


The distinguished judging panel consisted of Desmond Shawe-Taylor (Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures – The Royal Collection), Nicky Phillips (Royal Portrait Artist), Jenny Caron Hall (Portrait Painter and Artist), Francis Hamel (Artist) and Hugo Taylor (Actor, starring in “Made in Chelsea” and the current series of “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here”) who made their selections following a long and lively discussion!


Emily will receive her prize from the Mayor of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in full regalia.


These portraits will be a gift from our country's youth to Her Majesty, a representation of the children’s vision of their monarch during her long reign, a gift and legacy organisers’ hope she will cherish.