Buckingham Palace to get facelift from Thursday

The Queen’s face is to be projected onto Buckingham Palace for three nights from this Thursday (April 19).

Blue Peter’s Helen Skelton and a group of local school children will lead the countdown before the projection is turned on at 8.30pm.

Visitors will be able to see the projection – a montage portrait of the Queen made up of a multitude of self portraits of children aged 4-16 – from 8.30pm until 11.30pm from April 19 until April 21 and the project will also be displayed on 18 BBC big screens across the UK.

Projection Studio‘s Ross Ashton has been commissioned to manage the video mapping project that will combine a number of self-portraits to create a picture of the Queen that will then be projected onto the palace’s façade.

The project, Face Britain, will include an attempt at a Guinness World Record for Most artists working on the same art installation.

Children aged 4-16 years have been creating self-portraits and uploading them onto the Face Britain online gallery, which has been brought to life by PhotoBox.

These images will appear alongside some famous faces and will create a montage portrait of HM The Queen that will be projected onto the frontage of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Face Britain has been created by The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.