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Churches able to apply for free portrait of King Charles

by Kelly Valencia

Churches can now apply for a free framed official portrait of King Charles as part of the government's £8 million scheme to boost “civic pride” and “celebrate the new reign” following his Coronation.

Last month, Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden faced criticism when it was revealed that while prisons were eligible for the program, churches were excluded, despite the King's role as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

However, starting 5th June , all Church of England places of worship, along with hospitals, job centers, universities, coastguard centers, and coroners' courts, can apply for the portrait at no cost.

This scheme, unveiled last January, extends to various public institutions such as prisons, schools, courts, and police forces, providing them with a framed picture of the monarch captured by royal photographer Hugo Burnand, depicting King Charles in his Royal Navy uniform.

Oliver Dowden said on Saturday: “His Majesty's accession marked a new chapter in the history of our nation. Our public authorities and established churches are an essential part of the fabric of the nation and it is right that they have the chance to commemorate this moment.

“Displaying this new portrait also serves as a reminder of the example set by our ultimate public servant.

“Like his mother before him, the King has dedicated his life and work to serving others.”

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