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'Kensington Palace hid negro on painting before Obama visit'

ROYAL APPOINTMENT: The Obamas with Prince Harry, Prince William and Duchess Kate

A QUICK-thinking aide at Kensington Palace reportedly removed the word 'negro' from a painting just moments before the arrival of US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle for an informal dinner with the royal family.

According to The Sun newspaper, the aide spotted the plaque beneath a painting hanging in the drawing room, which read ‘The Negro Page.’

They reportedly removed the plaque and put a pot plant in front of where the plaque would have been.

A source told the publication: “Imagine the horror when someone spotted the N-word.”

The Obamas joined Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry on Friday night (April 22) for dinner and met three-year-old Prince George for the first time.


OFFENSIVE PLAQUE: A quick-thinking aide at Kensington Palace reportedly removed the word 'negro' from a painting just moments before the arrival of US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle

The piece of art is a 17th-century Dutch painting, formally called A Page with Two Horses by Albert Cuyp, is from The Royal Collection.

It painting features a black servant boy in a landscape from 1660 and is also known as The Negro Page.

The drawing room was recently redesigned by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, a history of art graduate who would have likely been drawn to such pieces, The Mail on Sunday art critic Philip Hensher said.

A Kensington Palace spokesman declined to comment on the reports, the publication said.

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