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Why is the Queen hidden in cupboard?’

PUBLISHED: 17:28 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:10 25 August 2010

HIDDEN: The framed photograph of Her Majesty in Woolwich Town Hall.

HIDDEN: The framed photograph of Her Majesty in Woolwich Town Hall.

BOSSES at a Labour council have been accused of hiding HM the Queen in a cupboard.

BOSSES at a Labour council have been accused of hiding HM the Queen in a cupboard.

Greenwich's Conservative councillors spotted a framed photograph of Her Majesty in a small cupboard next to electrical leads and a water cooler, near the council chamber in the Town Hall in Woolwich.

The leader of the council has hit out at the Tories labelling their "attempt to politicise the monarchy" as "very unseemly".

Tory culture councillor Nigel Fletcher has written to the Greenwich mayor and officials suggesting the framed photograph be put on prominent display in the council chamber. He said: "I assume it is used for citizenship ceremonies, but it seems rather inappropriate that Her Majesty is only brought out to welcome new citizens, then shut away for the rest of the time.

"We have a great Royal heritage in Greenwich, and the Town Hall already has images of Queen Elizabeth I and Henry VIII, not to mention an imposing statue of Queen Victoria in the main hall.

"It is surely right that our current Queen and Head of State should also be featured prominently.

"We must also remember that one of the Duke of Edinburgh's titles is Baron Greenwich, so it would be particularly appropriate if he, along Her Majesty as Baroness Greenwich, could be properly honoured by Greenwich council."

Leader of the council Chris Roberts said: "We are rightly proud of our royal history in Greenwich but I find the attempt to politicise the monarchy very unseemly. It is not how we do things in Greenwich."

A council spokesperson added: "The Town Hall is littered with images of the Royal History of Greenwich - a history of which we are proud and which we nurture carefully. Many residents will recall the council's attempt to secure Royal Borough status a few years ago in recognition of this rich history.

"The first image upon entering the Town Hall is the near life size statue of Queen Victoria towering over the Hall which bears her name. In the stained glass windows are the references to many Kings and Queens including the Tudors who played such a prominent role in the history of Greenwich.

"The portrait of the Queen lately 'discovered' by councillor Fletcher is used at different venues across the borough for citizenship ceremonies and therefore can not be fixed anywhere."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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