The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had their official portrait painted together for the first time.
The royal couple viewed the artwork, painted by award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth, as it was unveiled at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum.
The piece was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, as a gift to the people of Cambridgeshire. 2021 marked 10 years of marriage for William and Kate and also of their pair holding the Cambridge titles which were bestowed upon them by the Queen on their wedding day in April 2011.
Coreth described the experience as “the most extraordinary privilege of my life” and said he undertook to portray the royal couple as appearing “both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified”.
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He said: “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 sense of balance between their public and private lives.”
Sharing a picture of a group of school children viewing the portrait, William and Kate said they were “Delighted to see this new portrait unveiled at the @fitzmuseum_uk in Cambridge today!”
In the portrait, the duchess is wearing a dress from Brighton-based brand The Vampire’s Wife, which she wore during the couple’s visit to Dublin in March 2020. The label was founded by Susie Cave, who is married to musician Nick Cave. The duchess also wears a brooch belonging to the Queen and earrings once belonging to Diana, Princess of Wales.
In composing the piece, Coreth took inspiration from the couple’s namesake region, including shades and colors found in many of the city of Cambridge’s historical stone buildings in the background of the portrait.