Is Queen Graffiti Banksy’s Jubilee Tribute?

Graffiti depicting Queen Elizabeth II as David Bowie's character Ziggy Stardust, Bristol

The image appeared on a wall known to have been used by Banksy before

12:11pm UK, Tuesday June 05, 2012

Isabel Webster, West of England correspondent

The Bristol-born graffiti artist Banksy is thought to be behind a new sprayed stencil of the Queen in his home town.

David Bowie

Aladdin Sane was released in 1973

The eye-catching image sprang up over the Jubilee weekend on a wall previously used by the globally renowned street artist.

The canvas, directly opposite the Bristol Children’s Hospital, portrays a young Queen Elizabeth II, with her eyes closed, wearing the Crown Jewels.

Her Royal Highness’ face is decorated with a patriotic red and blue stripe, mirroring the jagged stripe used on David Bowie’s 1973 album cover Aladdin Sane.

Passers-by on Upper Maudlin Street stopped to stare and take photographs of the new picture.

Although Banksy has not claimed responsibility on his official website for the work, he has confirmed that a previous image on the same wall was authentic.

It showed a boy creeping up behind a sniper, but was destroyed last year in an apparent sabotage by rivals.

Read more on the Diamond Jubilee celebrations-

:: Pictures: The Diamond Jubilee river pageant

:: Pay your tribute to the Queen at our special tribute wall

:: Jubilee concert: Stars sing for diamond Queen

:: Street parties across country mark monarch’s Jubilee

:: Thousands of beacons lit to honour Queen

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