Axminster girl’s gift for The Queen

10:59 27 November 2012

Amy Durrant

Amy Durrant's award winning portrait of The Queen.

Archant

Amy’s prize-winning portrait will be presented to the monarch to mark her diamond jubilee

An Axminster schoolgirl‘s picture of The Queen will be presented to the monarch as a personal gift to celebrate her diamond jubilee.

Amy Durrant, 10, from St Andrew’s Drive, won her age category in the National Portrait of the Queen competition.

The contest was open to all UK schoolchildren to help create a pictorial legacy of the Queen’s reign.

Amy’s painting was entered by her art teacher at St Michael’s Primary School in Lyme Regis where she is a pupil.

Amy said: “I’m very happy and I’m very proud of myself because I didn’t think I could win it.

“I looked on the website and because I coloured it in quite well it stands out and the way I did the face was quite good.”

Amy recently travelled to London to receive her prizes from the Mayor of Richmond, Rita Palmer, at a champagne celebration.

The youngster’s portrait was displayed along with the other entries at Philip Mould and Co art gallery in Mayfair alongside royal portraits worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Amy said: “It was quite exciting g. I have only been to London once before that I can remember with my grandma.”

Amy’s parents Kelly, a business support administrator, and Michael, who is serving in the army, travelled with her to the reception along with her sister Tori, 12.

Mum Kelly said: “The whole family is really proud of her.

“It’s a massive achievement and her art teacher Sue Hammond is to thank for it because she entered her picture into the competition

“She has always enjoyed art and craft things and is very musical so she has always had a lot of creative interests.

“Her painting was in between portraits worth hundreds of thousands of pounds so it was a bit surreal seeing that.

“It was a good day out and Amy absolutely loved it.”

As well as her certificate Amy received a goodie bag packed with souvenirs form the London portrait gallery and a book “How the Queen can make you happy” by Mary Killen, who was also at the reception to sign copies.

The main prize for the winners is to have a portrait of themselves painted by an acclaimed artist from photos taken at the reception.

These portraits will be given to them in April when they return to London for the next stage of their prize.

Judges for the contest included current “I’m a Celebrity” contestant and “Made in Chelsea” star Hugo Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s pictures Desmond Shawe-Taylor and acclaimed artists Nicky Philipps, Jenny Caron Hall and Francis Hamel.

0 comments

Other News Stories

11:00
Exmouth Mayor Bill Nash hands over this years Mayors charity cheque to Helen Crossfield of The Samaritans. Ref exe 9996-50-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife.

Exmouth’s Christmas Cracker – and other events around the town – has raised more than £1,500 for the local branch of The Samaritans. Exmouth mayor, Councillor Bill Nash, presented Helen Crossfield, branch manager of Exeter, Mid and East Devon Samaritans, with a cheque at the town hall’s recent Christmas party.

Read more
09:57
Show of Hands double bassist Miranda Sykes and mandolinist Rex Preston are one of the highlights of Otterton Mill's spring music season.

East Devon’s Otterton Mill has announced the line-up for its spring music season.

Read more
Yesterday, 21:27
Laser sailing boats.; Photo by Simon Horn Ref shsp 9302-34-10SH

It’s been a quiet time on the water lately for all at Exe Sailing Club, as the wind has not played ball, writes Rex Frost.

Read more
Mon, 21:22
Football generic picture

Exeter City Football Club has announced that, owing to a variety of reasons, the need to secure a loan from the PFA to assist cash-flow over the short term will not now be necessary, writes Richard Dorman.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Photo Orders
Competitions
Subscriptions
Facebook
Family notices

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition
Honiton�s trusted business finder