Watch: Kwik Fit builds 'Queen of Parts' to celebrate monarch's 90th birthday

The car servicing firm Kwik Fit has paid tribute to the Queen ahead of her birthday on Thursday (21 April) by unveiling a 3.5 metre piece of artwork made entirely out of used parts.

The idea was developed by Taylor Herring, which also rolled out the firm's Fit Kwik campaign at the start of the year. The portrait helps to highlight the little known fact that the Queen trained and served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II.

Comprising more than 800 individual parts including spark plugs, hoses, brackets and radiator grills, the project took 280 man hours to complete. The team was led by artist David Parfitt who was sourced by the agency, and included Kwik Fit technicians Stuart Packham, Dan Read and Pete Hunt from branches in the South East.

The 'Queen of Parts' artwork will tour Kwik Fit centres around the country.

Kwik Fit said it hoped that the sculpture would go on to be included in the royal collection at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

Thursday is the Queen's actual birthday - her official birthday is celebrated on a Saturday in June.

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