The Monarchy has bad habits too you know: The Queen leads the ranks of the right royal nose-pickers

We found this vaguely amusing article about The Monarchy having bad habits just like ‘us’ and picks up on the amount of times the royals have been caught on camera picking their nose.

The Royal Family pick their noses too, you know Friday 16th May – Reblogged below with the photos of the royal family on

The main reason for amusement at the article was not at the revelation that royalty could do such a thing, but it’s link to the subject of a particular painting of mine. Back in 2007 as part of a competition called Seeking Picasso, I painted a portrait of The Queen picking her nose – view the painting on or here on the Saatchi Gallery website:

One which has caught the attention of the media on several occasions.

I was even interviewed on BBC radio – listen to the interview about “risking being locked in the tower for treason with her commemorative mug for The Queen’s Jubilee…”

The Queen in a Moment of Privacy Jacqueline Hammond

The Queen in a Moment of Privacy Jacqueline Hammond
Acrylics on canvas. 76.5 x 51 cm Gilded finish frame
Released to commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The original painting is for sale and open to offers from collectors.

See, she does pick her nose! My painting is not that offensive now is it? and there’s a whole series in the making here of the Royals picking their nose! Read other posts about this piece and take your pick from other items that feature the painting.

British artist Jacqueline Hammond’s portrait of The Queen picking her nose PRINT – Framed print on Not on the High Street

British artist Jacqueline Hammond’s portrait of The Queen picking her nose CUSHION – Cushion on Not on the High Street

British artist Jacqueline Hammond’s portrait of The Queen picking her nose MUG – Mug on Not on the High Street

More about the competition:

Seeking Picasso is the grassroots arts infotainment project that in 2007 had a fantastic pilot run in Brighton. 

10 local artists were picked from a longlist of around 150 and over a period of 12 weeks, they were given themes to paint to. 

The results were displayed in the Right Here, Right Now gallery, next to Art At Five and also in the Arthouse underground bar venue, Western Road. The paintings were also judged, both by the public in an online vote and in eBay auctions and by a panel of five arts professionals from in and around Brighton and the South East.

About artbyjaxx

Contemporary British artist, Jacqueline Hammond, is renowned for producing strong, punchy images that are rich in texture and colour. A prolific painter and multidisciplinary artist, she exhibits widely and is commissioned by individual clients, collectors and high profile brands. Jacqueline’s inspiration comes from direct observation: subject matter is plucked from the world encountered every day. Some ideas evolve, others are reactionary. Thought-provoking themes explore today’s society, the media and cultural theory. Whether inspired by the street or the sea, Jacqueline’s work has an edge: her paintings are consistently striking. Her natural disposition is to let the paint dictate the creative process, trusting the medium and her mind’s eye to translate the vision.
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