A new portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been released.
The royal couple had the chance to view the painting by award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth when it was put on public display at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum on Thursday.
William, after looking at the painting, said, “It’s quite big.”
He told Coreth it was “amazing”.
It is the couple’s first official joint portrait – and features the use of a hexagonal architectural motif that can be seen on buildings across Cambridge.
During their visit, William and Kate met Coreth, supporters of the project, and Lady Sibyl Marshall – the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally suggested the idea for the portrait.
Coreth is described on his website as “one of Britain’s leading portrait artists” who “focuses on the character of his subjects and evokes a sense of their presence in his work”.
He said it was “the most extraordinary privilege of my life to have been chosen to paint this painting” and that he wanted the portrait to “evoke a sense of balance between their public and private lives”.
“I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a way that made them come across as relaxed and approachable as well as elegant and dignified,” he said.
The public can view the portrait in the Fitzwilliam Museum for an initial period of three years.
The artwork will then be exhibited in other community spaces and galleries across Cambridgeshire.
While on display, it will be used as a means to encourage children and young people of all backgrounds from across the province to take an interest in art in all its forms.
The Duke and Duchess both studied art history at St Andrews University, although William later switched to geography.
He said in a Big Issue Q&A session published this week to mark his 40th birthday, “I studied a little bit of art history in college.
“Had to give up.
“I kept falling asleep during the lectures. Horrible.
“We did a lot of Renaissance, which was great.
“But once we got into modern art, I started to get a little dizzy.”
The painting will also be on loan to the National Portrait Gallery for a short time in 2023 to mark the gallery’s reopening.
It was commissioned last year by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to Cambridgeshire.