As tributes to the Queen continue to flood social media, many are sharing what they believe to be a new piece by Banksy – but it’s not.

The 96-year-old passed away on Thursday (Sept 8) after a staggering 70 years on the thrown, the longest monarch in British history.

She died at her Scottish residence Balmoral during the afternoon and Buckingham Palace announced her death to the public in a statement at around 6:30 pm.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” they said. “The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Prince Charles became King as soon as his mother passed and he did his first speech as monarch on Friday (Sept 9) at Buckingham Palace.

Photos, touching poems and powerful words are all being shared on social media in honour, and many are also posting a new piece by Banksy, but it wasn’t painted by him at all.

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Queen Elizabeth and Freddie Mercury artwork goes viral

In tribute to the monarch, many are sharing an incredible piece of artwork that combines Queen Elizabeth with Freddie Mercury.

The musician was part of the rock band Queen with Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon and alongside the monarch, is a British legend.

In the painting, Freddie Mercury is standing on stage wearing his iconic yellow jacket and white trousers which he wore during a concert at Wembley Stadium in 1986.

However, instead of the musician’s face, the painting has Queen Elizabeth’s face, combining the two greats into one person.

The performance was one year after the famous Live Aid gig and was Freddie’s final tour before he passed away in 1991.

It’s not by Banksy

A rumour is circling the internet that it is a new piece by British street artist Banksy in honour of the Queen’s death, but this isn’t true at all.

The piece is actually by an artist called Anat Zehavi. According to her website, she grew up in Tel Aviv and now lives in the Netherlands.

Her bio reveals that she’s been painting since she was a little girl, has an Albert Einstein hairstyle and is extremely passionate about her work.

She sells her artwork online and also posts it on Facebook, where she reposted the old painting following the Queen’s death.

Anat first shared the artwork, which is painted on wooden board, in April 2022, but just posted it again and wrote: “RIP.”

“It’s MY Queen. I love her and that is why I painted her,” she continued.

Old Banksy Queen artwork resurfaces

An old piece that is believed to have been painted by Banksy a decade ago is also going viral in tribute to Her Majesty.

The street art is a combination of Queen Elizabeth and David Bowie that sees her with the musician’s iconic red and blue lightning bolt across her face.

Elizabeth is painted in black and white, wearing a crown, coat, and pearl necklace in the graffiti which takes inspiration from the cover art of Bowie’s 1973 album Aladdin Sane.

Banksy’s supposed artwork appeared on Upper Maudlin Street in Bristol in June 2012, during the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

It was never actually confirmed to have been painted by the British artist, but many assumed it was as it was painted on the same wall as a previous Banksy artwork.

The old piece was of a sniper and a young boy, but the impressive painting got vandalised with black paint and graffiti.

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