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Waxwork model of the Queen is left BALD under her hat… to avoid museum splashing out money

Orf with her hair! German Waxwork model of The Queen is left BALD under her hat… to avoid museum splashing out too much money on real locks

  • German wax museum Panoptikum revealed figure of the Queen has a bald scalp
  • Photographs of the Queen’s wax figure with no wig on at all have been shared
  • Dr Susanne Faerber lifted the headwear off model of the 95-year-old monarch 


It doesn’t show the Queen at her elegant best – to put it baldly.

German wax museum Panoptikum yesterday revealed that – because of the cost of hair – its replica of the monarch has a bare scalp under the hat.

Dr Susanne Faerber, managing partner of the Panoptikum in Hamburg, lifted the headwear off model of the 95-year-old monarch as she combed the hair that protrudes from beneath it at a photocall for the press.

German wax museum Panoptikum yesterday revealed that – because of the cost of hair – its replica of the monarch (pictured) has a bare scalp under the hat

Dr Susanne Faerber, managing partner of the Panoptikum in Hamburg, lifted the headwear off model of the 95-year-old monarch as she combed the hair that protrudes from beneath it

Dr Susanne Faerber, managing partner of the Panoptikum in Hamburg, lifted the headwear off model of the 95-year-old monarch as she combed the hair that protrudes from beneath it

Ahead of the museum reopening to the public today following its annual closure in January for renovation works, photographs of the Queen figure with no wig on at all and being vacuumed shared on the museum’s Facebook page in a ‘look behind the scenes’ post.

Yesterday Dr Faerber told the Daily Mail: ‘As we are using real human hair for our waxworks which is very expensive, some figures which have hats don’t have complete hair.

‘We just install the amount of hair which is visible for the visitors.’

Asked if she thought it was disrespectful to display the Queen figure’s bald head, she said: ‘It is a waxwork, not the real person, this should always be kept in mind.

Photographs of the Queen figure with no wig on at all and being vacuumed (pictured) were shared on the museum's Facebook page in a 'look behind the scenes' post

Photographs of the Queen figure with no wig on at all and being vacuumed (pictured) were shared on the museum’s Facebook page in a ‘look behind the scenes’ post

The wax figure of Queen Elizabeth II is combed by Panoptikum boss Susanne Faerber at the Panoptikum on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg

The wax figure of Queen Elizabeth II is combed by Panoptikum boss Susanne Faerber at the Panoptikum on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg

‘Besides, the position of Her Majesty is in Germany different than the handling of the royal family in Great Britain, where the press have to be more sensitive dealing with them.’

The Panoptikum was established by Dr Faerber’s great-great-grandfather in 1879.

It has more than 120 wax figures, also including Donald Trump, Pope Benedict XVI, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

During the annual renovation works, the figures are cleaned, their clothes are taken to dry cleaning shops, their hair gets washed, their faces are cleaned, they are protected with moth papers, and scratches are repaired.

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