The Queen is ‘extremely upset’ after a graffiti vandal spray-painted a 60ft tag on a railway viaduct near Windsor Castle.
Yobs have daubed the word HELCH in huge white letters overnight that ruins the view to Her Majesty’s Berkshire home.
Visitors have spotted the tag from Royal Windsor Way, a dual carriageway that brings them to the town.
It is not known who the graffiti artist is, but the tag HELCH has been scrawled across many sites in London, on the sides of railway and tube stations, derelict buildings and bridges over the M4, M1 and M25.
The Queen is ‘extremely upset’ after a graffiti vandal spray-painted a 60ft tag on a railway viaduct near Windsor Castle, which can be seen in the background
Visitors have spotted the tag (pictured) from Royal Windsor Way, a dual carriageway that brings them to the town
A royal source told The Sun: ‘The Queen was extremely upset to hear that this view of Windsor Castle has been turned into such an eyesore.
‘Her aides have been asked to see what can be done to have this gratuitous vandalism cleaned up and the views across to Windsor Castle restored to their former beauty.’
West Windsor Residents Association chairman Richard Endacott said it is ‘devastating’ and the tag ‘blights’ the town.
He told The Sun: ‘I am sure the Queen will not be impressed and it is essential that action is taken to restore a one fantastic view.
West Windsor Residents Association chairman Richard Endacott said it is ‘devastating’ and the tag ‘blights’ the town (pictured, showing Windsor Castle overlooking the Thames
‘However much it costs we have 1.4million tourists visiting Windsor Castle each this year and this should not be their first sighting of it and the sort of memory they take away of it.
‘When the person who did it caught he should have to pay for the cost of cleaning it up.
Local Susan Roberts said: ‘It is quite incredible that someone can paint something as big as this as it must have taken several nights without anyone apparently noticing anything.’
In 2018 a graffiti vandal spray-painted a ‘fork’ tag around Windsor in the run up to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
The word HELCH has been spray-painted on a bridge at Notting Hill Gate station in west London
The much-loved ‘Give Peas A Chance’ mural over the M25 in Buckinghamshire, was painted over by the unknown graffiti yob
The bridge now reads Give HELCH a break’
The tag has also appeared outside London, including on the side of this pub in Bristol
The tag has also cropped up on tube stations (pictured)
The word was sprayed more than 150 times around the town, including on the route of the newlywed’s royal procession
The most recent graffiti has been sprayed on the viaduct, which is a three-mile single track railway between Windsor and Slough opened in 1849.
The line was used by Queen Victoria’s royal steam train and the famous playing fields of Eton College where Prince Harry and William went to school lay on the other side of it.
The viaduct takes the railway over the River Thames and is the world’s only wrought iron bridge still in regular use. It was designed by Isambard Brunel and is Grade 2 listed.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: ‘All graffiti removal comes at the taxpayers’ expense and we only remove it when it is deemed offensive or else the people who do it go back and just do it again.’
It is believed the word HELCH first started cropping up in Harrow, in west London in September 2018.
The much-loved ‘Give Peas A Chance’ mural over the M25 in Buckinghamshire, was painted over, and now reads: ‘Give Helch a break.’