The Lord Chamberlain does not have time for hobbies as such but he is a collector of the smaller works of fine art, specialising in miniature portraits. His wage is a generous one and the Queen always gives him new miniature portrait (usually of a landscape) for his birthday and Christmas. He displays these works all over his Palace suite and word has got out it is resembling an art gallery these days. He is allowed access to the Queen’s experts on fine art collections and care of such work. He spends time in the Library researching miniature portrait artists. Nor is he fussy about where these artists come from. To date he has collected from within the Kingdom but now he is looking towards Earth… For all humanity’s thoughts, we have produced some decent portrait painters, a fact that has not escaped his notice.
The Queen does allow promising artists of all species in to the Palace grounds for portrait painting of the landscape. This is limited to two days in spring, two days in summer, two days in autumn and two days in winter. If the Queen likes the work produced, the artist gives her the original, which is hung in the Grand Hall, and is allowed to sell reproductions to the general public. If however Her Majesty does not like the portrait, the artists leaves the Palace hurriedly and does not return ever. On the plus side this is more humane than what Gwendolyn did. If her sense of artistry was offended, the one doing the offending tended to die. The Palace does have the biggest portrait collection though estates like L’Evallier’s runs the monarch close here.