Local councils can now apply for a free portrait of His Majesty The King


The National Association of Local Councils and the Cabinet Office can confirm that local (parish and town) councils can now apply for a free portrait of His Majesty The King.

The accession of His Majesty The King marked a new chapter in the national story. A new Reign means new national symbols, such as the face on stamps, coins, and banknotes, gradually changing from Queen Elizabeth II to King Charles III. 

Portraits of past Monarchs also hang in public buildings across the United Kingdom, from local council offices and town halls to 10 Downing Street. They are a visible reminder of the institutions that unite our United Kingdom.

To celebrate the new reign of His Majesty The King, the Cabinet Office announced a government-funded voluntary scheme throughout the United Kingdom to allow public authorities to apply for a free, framed portrait.

The scheme was launched on 14 November 2023 and is now open for applications from parish, town, and community councils.

If your council falls within the scope of this voluntary scheme, you can view the image and apply for one free framed portrait per council.

Once your registration has been accepted, you can place an order and provide delivery details. The closing date for applications is 28 March 2024. 

Please refer to the FAQs for specific questions about the portrait and the scheme.

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