The King of England has been the subject of ridicule after his official portrait was unveiled earlier this week. The disturbing, post-apocalyptic style portrait with its striking red theme has drawn some hilarious comparisons, from Han Solo to (less flatteringly) a tampon.

While I doubt that artist Jonathan Yeo’s intentions were to grab his art supplies and produce a portrait that looks straight from the depths of hell, the internet has not disappointed with its out-of-pocket comparisons. Despite the backlash, there’s a reason behind the blazing depiction, celebrating heritage, strength and sovereignty in the boldest of ways.