Stroud artist welcomes the Queen to town
THE chance of getting up close to the Queen is slim at best, particularly in a Diamond Jubilee year.
But people in the county will be able to get snapped with the Queen this summer, despite Her Majesty's busy schedule.
Stroud artist Ran Stallard, 19, has developed an Art Foundation project to invite people to have their photo taken with the Queen and Buckingham Palace.
Except that it won't be the actual monarch people are posing with, but a life-like model she has made.
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Ran hopes her idea will showcase her artistic talents, as well as giving people a lasting memory of the special Diamond Jubilee celebrations that have been taking place this summer.
Ran said: "I have had so much fun creating this project. Now I can't wait to welcome the crowds and capture their excitement when meeting the Queen.
"An encounter with Her Majesty is an experience many people treasure.
"It is a special thing but relatively few people ever get to meet The Queen.
"I want to be able to change that, providing a unique and enjoyable opportunity for many people."
Ran wanted to invoke fun and patriotism in this truly British year and the royal celebrations sweeping the nation have provided her with the perfect opportunity.
The artist has spent more than 150 hours creating a unique three dimensional masterpiece.
Every element of the project has been hand crafted, painted and sewn.
Even down to the wallpaper used inside the booth, which was painstakingly screen-printed by hand to mimic the real palace.
The attention to detail shown will give visitors to her exhibition a tiny taste of what meeting the Queen is really like.
Ran will be uploading the Queen Booth's photos every day to her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/queen booth for people to tag themselves in.
"My aim is to encourage the public to join "QueenBooth" and celebrate this special landmark year," she added.
"By supporting my Facebook page you can keep tabs on the booth's progress, tour dates and support my project as well as join in on the fun."
The Queen Booth attraction launched at the Stroud College Art show on Saturday.
Her royal masterpiece will tour Stroud, Cheltenham and Bristol from July.