A mural of The Queen was vandalised just hours after it had been completed by a graffiti artist.
Sam Gaden of Aerosol Art found his mural made in memory of The Queen had been vandalised just a short while after he had finished putting on the finishing touches.
Vandals left a message taking a jab at the "inheritance tax" of the Royal Family as well as colouring in a tooth from the smiling mural of Her Majesty.
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But the Somerset-based mural was not long up when vandals ruined the Queen's image, with black paint covering up the fresh piece from Gaden.
The Kingston Road-based project now has "pay inheritance tax" emblazoned across the face of the Queen, with the vandalism criticised by Somerset Live editor David Shepherd.
Shepherd said: "This mural hasn't long been finished and for it to be vandalised within what seems to be just 24 hours is quite frankly sad.
"Numerous people have commented on the quality of the mural, how it is such a touching tribute to the Queen, and those who live nearest are quite rightly proud to have it there.
"It’s on a busy stretch of road and was in an ideal location due to the many people who will pass it daily. And with the funeral tomorrow, the timing couldn’t have been better."
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Shepherd added that it was a shame the mural had been "tarnished by a bitter minority".
That "bitter minority" appears to have labelled the Queen mural with a message of their own, relating to the lack of inheritance tax King Charles III will pay.
A clause agreed in 1993 by then-Prime Minister John Major meant that inheritance passed "sovereign to sovereign" would not be taxed, meaning the estimated £15.2bn in assets will be passed down "in right of the crown", The Guardian reported.
Queen Elizabeth II's funeral is set to be held on September 19 at 11am.
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