Cancel the Queen? Portrait removed from Oxford College

Queen Elizabeth II (Photo: Vanity Fair)

Students at an Oxford College voted to remove a portrait of the Queen.

The portrait which hangs in a common area at the (MCR) of Magdalen College was taken down in the interest of international students as it represented an unwelcoming symbol of “recent colonial history”.

According to the MCR committee president, the colourized print-based portrait on a 1952 photo of the monarch, has been placed in storage.

Queen Elizabeth
This portrait of the Queen is now in storage

 MCR president Matthew Katzman told The Telegraph; “It has been taken down. It was decided to leave the common room neutral. That was what this was about.

“The college will have plenty of depictions of various things, but the common room is meant to be a space for all to feel welcome.”

But not everyone is onboard with this decision. England’s Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has called the whole thing absurd.

“She is the Head of State and a symbol of what is best about the United Kingdom,”he said.

He added; “During her long reign, she has worked tirelessly to promote British values of tolerance, inclusivity and respect around the world.”

But Magdalen College, who owns the photo but had no role in its removal said all unwanted furnishings and decorations “are carefully and safely stored by the College if not on display”.