Londoners poke fun at Prince Philip mural that looks ‘nothing like him’

Since the sad passing of Prince Philip was announced on Friday (9 April) at the age of 99, tributes to him and his life have been pouring in from across the nation.

Books of condolences, flowers and kind messages have all been used to remember the Queen’s husband of 73 years.

In Camden there was a similar effort to pay tribute, in the form of a mural of the late Prince.

Depicting him in his full ceremonial uniform alongside some daisies the mural was captioned simply “Prince Philip 1921 – 2021”.

But despite the good intentions of the artist, Londoners have been less than impressed with the likeness of the memorial and have been poking fun on Facebook.

The critiques started under a post by Allan McCutcheon in the Facebook group ‘Sh*t London’ which included a snap he’d taken of the unfortunate mural, outside the former Black Cap pub in Camden.

Londoners quickly weighed in on who they thought the memorial actually depicted, featuring a surprising number of comedians.

One person said: “Lee Mack is looking a bit unwell.”

Another joked: “Lovely tribute to Arthur from On The Buses.”

A third laughed: “RIP Jimmy Carr.”

And perhaps the best one: “The likeness is uncanny – the artist got Ernie Wise down to a T – I never knew he’d been in the Navy”

There were also a few comments suggesting the mural looked a lot closer to a slightly less popular member of the Royal Family, with one social media user saying: “Looks more like a sweaty Andrew.”

Other commenters were simply confused, with one asking: “Did they challenge themselves to doing this mural from memory but only remember that he was a white man?”

Regardless of what you think of the mural’s accuracy it’s fair to say the artist meant well, and with Prince Philip famously fond of a joke perhaps it’s the best way to remember him.

My London – Local News