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Mysterious mural of Queen Mary fuels speculation of new Banksy piece

The image of Queen Mary was discovered on the concrete floor inside an old greenhouse previously used by Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. Credit: SWNS

A mysterious painting of Queen Mary has appeared near the home of where Banksy is believed to have grown up in Bristol - sparking speculation the renowned street artist has struck again.

The artwork of the Queen's grandmother, Queen Mary, dressed in mourning clothes and holding a single red rose, was found on the floor of an old greenhouse previously used by Frenchay Hospital, which closed earlier this month.

It is believed the mural was painted over the Bank Holiday weekend and appears to have some of the hallmarks of a Banksy.

The picture of Queen Mary is believed to have been painted over the Bank Holiday weekend. Credit: SWNS

Queen Mary was the wife of King George V and was on the throne when the hospital first started taking patients during the 1920s.

She visited the hospital in 1943 while living nearby at Badminton House to escape London during World War II.

Richard Cottle, media relations manager at North Bristol NHS Trust, which owns the Frenchay Hospital site, told The Western Daily Press: "We are not saying it definitely is a Banksy but it is quite a complicated motif for someone to come up with.

"We are seeking authenticity on whether it is or not and if it is a Banksy we want to preserve it. It would be a wonderful thing for Frenchay."

Banksy has not yet claimed the piece on his website but it is understood the famous street artist grew up near the hospital.