Queen left ‘bald’ underneath hat in waxwork museum in attempt to save money

Images of a bald Queen Elizabeth II have gone viral after a German waxwork museum gave a peek behind the scenes showing how the models are cleaned.

Panoptikum in Hamburg is undertaking its annual renovation work, during which its wax figures are cleaned, their hair washed, clothes dry cleaned and scratches repaired.

But this year the museum decided to give fans a peek behind the scene – revealing what some Twitter users have dubbed a 'haunting' sight.

During the process, staff Her Majesty can be seen in her full pink attire donning a bare scalp

The 95-year-old's hat had been removed for the attached hair to be combed, while other images show her completely bald and being vacuumed.

But managers of the museum have said it is a tactic to save money.

Dr Susanne Faerber, the managing partner of the museum, told the Mail Online: "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."

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When asked if she thought it's disrespectful to put the bald monarch on display in this way, Faerber stressed that "it is a waxwork, not the real person, this should always be kept in mind."

She also pointed out that the position of Her Majesty is in Germany different than how the Royal Family is viewed in Great Britain, as she claimed: "the press have to be more sensitive dealing with them."

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The museum is home to more than 120 wax figures including the likes of Donald Trump, Greta Thunberg and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which were also posted the snaps on its Facebook page, with the images quick to make it to Twitter.

One user tweeted: "Big shout out to Hamburg's Panoptikum wax museum for an image that will now haunt my every waking hour."

Another simply said: "Oh my gawd."

Panoptikum reopens to visitors today, January 27.

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