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The ‘approachable’ royals: Kate and William’s first official portrait together

Award-winning British artist Jamie Coreth said he wanted the royals to appear ‘approachable’

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23 June 2022
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ate and William’s first official joint portrait was unveiled on Thursday at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Award-winning British artist Jamie Coreth who painted the picture said he wanted to show them as “both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified”.

The artwork was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to Cambridgeshire.

The artwork was commissioned in 2021

/ MUST CREDIT: Jamie Coreth/Fine Art Commissions.

In the portrait, the duke and duchess wrapped their arms around each other’s waists.

Kate looked elegant in an emerald green dress featuring decorative pleats and complemented her look with matching heels.

William looked equally smart in his suit and blue tie.

Artist Mr Coreth said: “It has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture. I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified.

Thursday the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, to view a painted portrait

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“As it is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their time as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a feeling of balance between their public and private lives.

“The piece was commissioned as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it.”

The painting will be loaned to the National Portrait Gallery where it will go on display for a short time.

It will mark the gallery’s reopening.

Thursday the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, to view a painted portrait of themselves as it is revealed to the public for the first time.

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