Murdo Fraser MSP, Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, has tabled several questions to the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body about hanging a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Scottish Parliament.
There are, of course, portraits of the Queen in Westminster and Boris Johnson has just unveiled a portrait of her in the London Assembly.
Mr Fraser commented:
“As our Head of State, I think it is only right that we have a portrait of The Queen hanging in a prominent part of the Scottish Parliament, such as in the Main Entrance or the Garden Lobby. When you visit public buildings throughout the world you invariably see a portrait of the country’s Head of State, and it seems extraordinary that we no such portrait at present in our own Parliament.
The Queen inspires many people across the world and is a leading example to us all of dignity, courage and goodwill. I am sure that everyone in the Scottish Parliament connects with these principles and I hope the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body look positively at this proposal.
If we are able to have marble cubes, rugs on walls and misshaped green bronze sculptures in the complex, then I am sure that a portrait of our Head of State is also possible.
We are celebrating ten years of devolution this summer and I think a permanent portrait of The Queen in the Scottish Parliament would be a great addition to our Parliament. Scotland is a proud nation and many people are proud of our Queen and of her affection for Scotland.”
These are the questions Mr Fraser tabled:
"To ask the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body why there is no portrait of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II in the Scottish Parliament complex"
"To ask the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body what consideration it has given to hanging a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II in the Scottish Parliament complex"
"To ask the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body if it will agree to hanging a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II in the Scottish Parliament complex"
Quite right too.