Queen’s portrait to be replaced by Charles’s in public buildings

Oliver Dowden, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “We have entered a new reign in our history. As we unite in preparing for the splendour of the King’s Coronation, these new portraits will serve as a visible reminder up and down the country of the nation’s ultimate public servant.”

John Glen, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “This scheme will allow thousands of public institutions across the UK to mark this defining moment in our nation’s history with pride.

“The Coronation of His Majesty the King is an opportunity for the whole country to unite, and these new portraits continue a very British tradition to celebrate this momentous occasion.”

In total, the Government-funded photos will cost around £8million.

In some cases King Charles’s picture is likely to replace images of Queen Elizabeth II.

Groups will be invited to apply for the new image after May 6. It will be chosen by the Royal Household and has not yet been released.