A wall previously daubed by graffiti artist Banksy has been re-painted with an image of the Queen as diamond jubilee celebrations take hold of Bristol.

In October last year the popular Banksy work was vandalised in an apparent attack by rivals.

The stencil in, featuring a boy creeping up behind a sniper with a paper bag in his hands, was covered in black paint and graffiti tags.


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Banksy's Queen?


Then in February a new stencil appeared showing David Cameron and Boris Johnson as rioters.

Now a black and white image of the Queen has appeared, complete with a blue and red David Bowie-style lightning flash painted across her face.

It is not known who did the painting, or if it has anything to do with urban art festival Upfest, which is also taking place in the city this weekend.

It is the latest artwork to adorn the wall next to Bristol charity the Grand Appeal, which raises money for the Children's Hospital.


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In July last year a Banksy mural on the side of a former Eastville social club was painted over during works to turn it into a Muslim cultural centre.

The Gorilla in a Pink Mask in Fishponds Road was painted over by Saeed Ahmed who had never heard of Banksy. It was later restored.

In June 2009 two other popular works in the city were vandalised within hours of each other.

The Mild Mild West mural in Stokes Croft and the Park Street work featuring a naked man hanging from a windowsill, were attacked with a paint-gun. Efforts were made to remove the paint but tell-tale signs remain.

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  • The Oscars refused to let Banksy come incognito to the ceremony in which his documentary Entry Through the Gift Shop was nominated because it was too much of a security risk.

  • Banksy says "I am unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy, but anyone described as being 'good at drawing' doesn't sound like Banksy to me"

  • It's said that his agent isn't even quite sure of his identity

  • Celebrity owners of his art include Christina Aguilera and Angelina Jolie

  • One of the first conventional exhibitions of his art was held in a warehouse in 2000, but Banksy gave out only the street number for the building and not the street.

  • In September of 2006, Banksy inserted 500 fake CDs into the sleeves of Paris Hilton's debut release, at music retailers in several U.K. cities. Buyers bought his remixes of Hilton's songs, which were tagged with new titles, including - "Why Am I Famous?".

  • It is said his parents believe he is a painter and decorator rather than a successful artist.

  • The son of a photocopier engineer, he might have trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s.

  • In support of a Bristol anti Tesco demonstration he released a print which showed a smoking petrol bomb in a Tesco Value bottle

  • In August 2004, Banksy produced spoof British £10 notes changing the picture of the Queen to one of Diana, Princess of Wales's head and changing the text to 'Banksy of England'