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Queen Elizabeth's Portrait Defaced in Westminster Abbey, Man Arrested

Queen Elizabeth's Portrait Defaced in Westminster Abbey, Man Arrested
The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by Ralph HeimansAP
Police say a man has been charged with allegedly spraying paint on a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that is hanging in Westminster Abbey.

Tim Haries, 41, is due to appear in a London court Friday charged with criminal damage of more than $7,800.

Haries was arrested at the abbey Thursday after a portrait of the monarch by Australian artist Ralph Heimans was defaced with paint.

The dads' rights group Fathers 4 Justice said Haries was a member and had painted the word "help" on the 9-ft. by 11-ft. canvas.

The Heimans portrait, which depicts Her Majesty on the spot in the abbey where she was crowned, was commissioned last year to mark Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne.

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