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A stunning finished painting of the Queen Mother in all her finery.<br />
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An amazing 30 year old time capsule of Royal artworks have been found gathering dust in a dilapidated estate near Tonbridge in Kent.<br />
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They form part of a remarkable collection of 400 works by the almost forgotten painter Bernard Hailstone, that have been locked away in his abandoned studio at Hadlow Tower since his death in 1987.<br />
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Amongst the famous figures who sat for Mr Hailstone, who died in 1987, were the Queen, the Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Winston Churchill, former US president Jimmy Carter and actor Laurence Olivier.<br />
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While sitting for her portrait at Buckingham Palace, The Queen asked him to adjust the aerial so she could watch the horse racing on the TV.<br />
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The then US president Jimmy Carter was sketched by Mr Hailstone during a flight from London to New York, while Mr Hailstone and Winston Churchill discussed aliens during their sitting at Chartwell.