The Oxford college student who led a vote to remove Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait — sparking outrage within the prime tiers of UK authorities — is a rich American non-public college boy who is a Captain America fan, it emerged Wednesday.
Stanford grad Matthew Katzman, 25, tabled the movement to remove the picture from Magdalen’s Middle Common Room, saying it was not welcoming as a result of the monarch “represents recent colonial history.”
Members of the Middle Common Room then voted in favor by a “substantial” majority — sparking fierce backlash.
The Queen “is the head of state and a symbol of what is best about the UK,” UK Education Secretary Gavin Williamson tweeted. “During her long reign, she has worked tirelessly to promote British values of tolerance, inclusivity & respect around the world.”
A spokesman for Boris Johnson then told the Daily Mail that the prime minister “supports” his minister’s assertion.
Now it emerged that the person main the motion to take down the portrait was not even British, however from Washington, DC — solely including to the outage.
Katzman is the son of business lawyer Scott Katzman, 65, who lives in a DC mansion value greater than $5.5 million, in accordance to the Mail.
He beforehand attended the $48,000-a-year Sidwell Friends School, a historic Quaker non-public faculty — the place the Mail says he “likely” counted former President Obama’s 22-year-old daughter Malia as a recent.
Her youthful sister, Sasha, also went there, as did Nancy Reagan, Chelsea Clinton, President Biden’s grandchildren and the offspring of different presidents, together with Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon.
His complete schooling has price at the very least $640,000, in accordance to the Mail.
Katzman is additionally seen in images on social media with a Captain America protect, alongside the celebs and stripes.
But the pc sciences scholar insisted to the outlet that eradicating the portrait didn’t “equate to a statement on the Queen.”
“The Royal Family is on display in many areas of the college, and it was ultimately agreed that it was an unnecessary addition to the common room,” he stated.
“It was decided that the room should be a welcoming, neutral place for all members regardless of background, demographic, or views,” he stated.
“No stance was taken on the Queen or the Royal Family – the conclusion was simply that there were better places for this print to be hung,” he stated.
Magdalen faculty — which has distanced itself from the vote — had lengthy been “solidly royalist,” with its well-known alumni including King Edward VIII — and the queen herself getting an honorary diploma in 1948.
The monarch additionally visited in 2008 to mark its 550th anniversary.
Magdalen College’s president, Dinah Rose, burdened on-line that the scholars ” don’t signify the College,” whereas stressing that it “strongly supports free speech and political debate.”
“The photo will be safely stored,” she stated.
Lord Chris Patten, the vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford, stated that he hopes that the scandal “does not do too much damage to the reputation of the college.”
“Freedom of speech allows even intelligent people to be offensive and obnoxiously ignorant,” he stated, in accordance to the Mail.
But Sir John Hayes, chairman of a Common Sense Group of MPs, stated that these “involved should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.”