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'Unlikely' portrait presented to the Queen by Ugandan artist during Royal visit


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'Unlikely' portrait presented to the Queen by Ugandan artist during Royal visit to Aids clinic

 

Last updated at 14:20pm on 22nd November 2007 commentIconSm.gif Comments (5)

The Queen has been presented with her most unlikely portrait.

Well known Ugandan artist J.O Ndalo Rambo showed off his representation of the Queen and husband Prince Philip as the Royal couple visited Aids sufferers on the outskirts of Kampala today.

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QueenPortDM_468x383.jpgUnlikely portrait: The Queen and Prince Philip

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QueenPort2DM_468x257.jpgArtist J.O Ndalo Rambo adds the finishing touches to his painting

 

The painting shows the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in a horseshoe-shaped surround inside a larger painting of the Queen, the Queen mother, Prince Charles and princes William and Harry.

 

QueenCondoL_228x283.jpg'Cabbage patch doll': Portrait by George Condo

 

The likeness may not be spot on but then there are many other Royal portraits where the likeness has been questioned.

Lucien Freud's portrait of the Queen in 2001 left some people saying he should be "locked up in the Tower of London" for creating such an ugly picture.

American artist George Condo also came in for criticism with his version of the Queen, which some described as looking like a cabbage patch doll.

Even Rolf Harris' official portrait commissioned for the Queen's 80th birthday was criticsed for being too "grainy".

The Queen shook hands with an HIV patient as she toured the Aids clinic and hospital spearheading the fight against the virulent disease in Uganda.

The Monarch met dozens of children and adults living with the virus during a visit to the treatment facilities established by the UK-based charity Mildmay.

The organisation's work in the east African country was described as "impressive" by the Queen as she and the Duke of Edinburgh saw an outpatients clinic and a newly expanded children's hospital in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

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PatientsPA_468x343.jpgRoyal approval: the Queen meets Steven Wakodo and his wife Grace who are both HIV postitive, and their children, during her tour of the Mildmay centre in Kampala

 

The Monarch was making her first visit to a specialist Aids centre and her handshake with the HIV patient will be seen as a significant show of support for those who have the virus.

Ruth Sims, a vice-president of Mildmay and founder of the Ugandan centre and hospital, said she wanted to show a different side to HIV patients and organised a number of colourful displays of African music and dance to contrast with negative impressions of sufferers.

"I wanted to show these are normal children; what does it matter what they have got - you can treat them and they can get better," the founder said.

"I told the Queen that we tried to give her something that was different and that she would enjoy. She said to me 'This is certainly different and I do enjoy it'."

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PatientsPA2_468x311.jpgThe Queen speaks with grandmothers of HIV orphans at the Mildmay centre

 

As the royal party toured the outpatient clinic's sprawling complex of buildings, staff and visitors gave her a traditional welcome of high pitched yelps which made them smile as she walked around.

While Philip visited a different part of the Mildmay Centre, the Queen met Steven, 40, and Grace Wakodo, 35, both HIV positive, who have been treated at the facility on a monthly basis since 2002.

When she was introduced the Monarch stretched out her arm to shake Mr Wakodo's hand as he gave a short bow of his head.

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QueensVisitPA_468x318.jpgWarm welcome: flag-wavers lined the streets as the Queen made her way to the HIV centre for a tour of the unit today

 

She listened intently as a Mildmay staff member explained the medical history of the 40-year-old who was joined by his 13-year-old daughter Winternahwama, who also has the virus, and his five-month-old daughter Austraunt.

Diana, Princess of Wales was the first member of the royal family to famously have contact with a person suffering from HIV/Aids.

In the late 1980s when many still believed the disease could be contracted through casual contact, she sat on the sickbed of a man with Aids and held his hand.

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