Queen Elizabeth II mural on London building dubbed ‘absolutely dreadful’ amid calls for its removal

It was supposed to be an enduring tribute to the Queen, covering the entire height of a two-storey building.

But a painted mural created to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II has been dubbed “absolutely dreadful” and even prompted calls for someone to “paint over the bloody thing”.

My London reports UK artists Jignesh and Yash Patel have spent the past six days creating the enormous mural on the side of a London building.

“This artwork will not only give the tribute to the Queen but also will be a piece of art that will be enjoyed by thousands of people across the UK for many years to come,” Jignesh told the publication.

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But the piece, which shows the Queen wearing a crown and formal regalia, has drawn the ire of Brits who were less than impressed with its likeness to her Majesty.

Camera IconThe artists pose proudly with their artwork. Credit: Jignesh J Patel

Some have compared the work to Cristiano Ronaldo’s infamous statue and the botched Ecce Homo paint repair job in a Spanish church.

“Sure they mean well, but Christ on a bike it’s absolutely dreadful!!!!!” wrote one Facebook user.

The Duke of Edinburgh, left, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, centre, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, arrive to pose for a group photograph with Norway's Crown Prince Haakon, back right partially obscured, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, back left obscured, and Norway's Queen Sonja and King Harald V, and Britain's Prince Charles, not pictured, before attending a banquet inside Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday Oct. 25, 2005.  The King and Queen of Norway, with the Crown Prince and Princess are visiting the United Kingdom as guests of Queen Elizabeth II from October 25-27, to mark the Centenary of Norwegian independence from Sweden. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Camera IconThe Queen, pictured in 2005. Credit: MATT DUNHAM/AP

“Congratulations, this is spot on….. if our beloved Queen had a 40-a-day habit… paint over it. Just awful,” added another.

epaselect epa05877450 The bust of Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo pictured during a naming event at Madeira's airport in Santa Cruz, Madeira island, Portugal, 29 March 2017. The Madeira International Airport was offically named to Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in honour to Cristiano Ronaldo who was born and raised on Madeira.  EPA/GREGORIO CUNHA
Camera IconThe work was compared to this infamous statue of soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo. Credit: GREGORIO CUNHA/EPA

“It’s horrendous! nothing like her! God rest her soul she can’t see it!” wrote another.

Some royalists insist the mural bears a better likeness to Coronation Street character Ena Sharples, Donald Trump and even former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson “in a wig”.

This combination of two undated handout photos made available by the Centro de estudios Borjanos shows the 20th century Ecce Homo-style fresco of Christ before (left) and after (right) an elderly amateur artist Celia Gimenez, 80,  took it upon herself to restore it in the church of the northern Spanish agricultural town of Borja. The incident made national news and was an Internet trending topic Thursday Aug 23 2012 with some Twitter users dubbing it ?Ecce Mono?, meaning ?Behold the Monkey? instead of ?Behold Man.? (AP Photo/Centro de estudios Borjanos)
Camera IconThe Ecce Homo-style fresco of Christ before and after an elderly amateur artist took it upon herself to restore it in the church of the northern Spanish agricultural town of Borja. Credit: Centro de estudios Borjanos/AP

“When you order her majesty’s mural from Wish,” joked another Brit.

The artists hold the Guinness World Record for the biggest bubble wrap painting and seem unfazed by the backlash, sharing pictures of themselves posing proudly with their finished work.

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The tribute has echoes of a floral display to Princess Diana in the UK town of Chesterfield, which was dubbed “horrific” and “an insult” to the late royal.

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