Royal portraits can be something of a hit and miss.
But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave their personal stamp of approval for their first official joint portrait on a visit to Cambridge.
And tying neatly into the theme, Kate, 40, sported a very special loan from the Queen in the portrait – the Duchess of Cambridge pearl pendant brooch.
The surprisingly realistic painting was ordered last year as a gift to the people of Cambridgeshire and shows the couple standing side by side.
Kate wore an AUD$2830 emerald green dress from The Vampire’s Wife that she first wore during a visit to Dublin in 2020.
She completed the look with AUD$1500 Manolo Blahnik green satin heels and Princess Diana pearl earrings “By one of Britain’s foremost portrait artists.”
William, who was wearing a dark suit with a blue tie (and maybe a bit of red around his hair) was in a relaxed position with his hands in his pockets, his other arm wrapped around his wife.
The two of them stared almost sadly into the distance.
The new portrait of William and Kate was painted by award-winning artist Jamie Coreth, who is described on his website as “one of Britain’s foremost portrait artists” who “focuses on the characters of his caregivers, evoking a sense of their presence in his painting work”.
It will be exhibited publicly in the university town.
The duchess and duchess – Kate re-dressed LK Bennett’s favorite dress with a blue coat and high heels – met Mr Coreth when they saw the painting while in Cambridgeshire for a series of engagements. William, 40, said after seeing the painting: “It’s quite large” and told Mr Coreth it was “amazing”.
The portrait was ordered by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, organized by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to Cambridgeshire.
Mr Coreth brought the city of Cambridge into the portrait by painting the background in the tones and colors of its many historic stone buildings. he said: “I wanted to show His Majesty in a way where they seemed relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified,” he said.
The public could see the portrait at the Fitzwilliam Museum for three years.
It will then be exhibited in other community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire. Kate and William wrote on their official Twitter account: “Delighted to see this new portrait unveiled at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge today!”