Malmesbury street performer pays tribute to Queen’s love of corgis


A Malmesbury street artist has paid a unique tribute to the Queen by creating a special mural.

Luke Hollingworth, also known as Syd of The Stencil Shed, was inspired by the Queen’s well-documented love of corgis to create the artwork on Park Road.

He used neon graffiti-style wings and a crown to illustrate the rise of corgis.

Writing on The Stencil Shed’s Facebook page, Luke said: “I felt compelled to spray paint something to mark the passing of the Queen.

“I didn’t particularly expect to be emotional about the occasion, but reading all the stories about Her Majesty’s love of animals and corgis in particular, this idea came to mind. .

“I particularly enjoyed the various anecdotes describing how the Queen would use corgis as icebreakers and to find common ground with people at official functions.”

Luke has also started working on individual corgi artwork and eventually plans to do 70 to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years as monarch.

“It is so heartwarming that my tribute to the Queen has been so positively received,” he added.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Luke Hollingworth creates his muralLuke Hollingworth creates his mural

The Queen owned over 30 corgis during her reign and was known for her love of the breed. Most of them descended from his first corgi, Susan, who was given to him on his 18th birthday in 1944.

After her death, it was announced that Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson would look after the Queen’s corgis.

Luke’s tributes come just weeks after he made headlines with his portrayal of another famous animal.

His mural of the emu who helped foil a suspected drunk driver’s escapade in Malmesbury adorned the shop window where they crashed last month.

READ MORE: Emu hero honored with mural in Malmesbury

Now that the window of the antique store Antiquary has been repaired, the mural has been removed. It is currently on display at Malmesbury Primary School and will eventually be auctioned off to raise funds for Malmesbury Animal Sanctuary – where the real emu resides.


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