Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Cambridge today to unveil a stunning joint portrait of the couple – and William was caught on camera giving his first reaction to the painting
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A stunning new portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – the first of them together as a couple – has been officially unveiled.
Prince William and his wife Kate today traveled to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, where the painting is on display, to see it for the first time.
And one Williams’ reaction upon seeing the glamorous work of art was caught on camera — and it’s not quite what you might expect.
After looking at the painting, he quipped, “It’s quite big,” before chuckling.
However, he later told the artist behind the portrait, Jamie Coreth, that it was amazing.
The Duke and Duchess both studied art history at St Andrews University, although William later switched to geography.
In the stunning painting, William is depicted in a black suit with a white shirt and blue tie, while Kate wears Vampire’s Wife’s emerald green dress, which she wore on a visit to Ireland in 2020.
She also wears the Queen’s Cambridge Pearl Pendant brooch, as well as Princess Diana’s pearl bracelet and Collingwood pearl earrings.
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The couple also have their arms around each other, with the painting showing them gazing off into the distance.
The artist, Mr Coreth, is described on his website as “one of Britain’s leading portrait artists” who “focuses on the character of his sitters and evokes in his work a sense of their presence”.
He said: “To have been chosen to paint this picture was the most extraordinary privilege of my life. I wanted to portray Their Royal Highnesses in a way that made them look relaxed and approachable as well as elegant and dignified.
“As this is the first portrait of them together, and particularly during their time as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a sense 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 enjoyed creating it.”
The public can see the portrait for three years at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, after which the artwork will be displayed in other community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire.
The painting will also be loaned to the National Portrait Gallery for a short time in 2023 to mark the gallery’s reopening.
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