Image: Paul Brason, ‘Noor Inayat Khan’
Queen Camilla unveils portrait of ‘spy princess’ Noor Inayat Khan
British agent served in resistance in Nazi-occupied France and was killed at Dachau concentration camp.
Queen Camilla unveiled a portrait of Second World War resistance agent Noor Inayat Khan at the RAF Club in London on Tuesday.
“I feel very humble to unveil such a brave woman,” Queen Camilla was quoted by PA as saying.
Ms Khan served as a British secret agent in Nazi-occupied France during the war, where she was sent undercover as a children’s nurse in June 1943 to aid the French resistance.
Honoured by Queen Camilla
Queen Camilla unveiled a portrait of Ms Khan painted by artist Paul Brason at the RAF Club.
Mr Brason based the portrait from a handful of photographs of Ms Khan, whose undercover work meant she was not often photographed.
“One of the difficulties about painting a portrait of someone who was operating undercover, particularly in the Second World War, is that people who work undercover don’t like photographs being taken of them,” he told PA.
“So that means, in regards to the reference material, there is not very much of it.
“Certainly none of it in what, dare one calls it, her professional capacity, because she would avoid it.”
29 August 2023