The first official portrait of Prince William and Kate has been revealed

Written by Zoe Sottile, CNN

The first official joint portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled to the public at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.
The Duke and Duchess visited Cambridge on Thursday to see the 210 by 110 centimeters oil painting by British artist Jamie Coreth. The portrait shows the couple staring into the distance, Prince William in a dark suit and blue tie and Kate in an emerald green dress from indie brand The Vampire’s Wife, which the Duchess previously wore on a trip to Dublin in 2020. The dress, designed by the musician. Nick Cave’s wife, Susie Cave, was described by British Vogue as a major turning point in Kate’s style.

British artist Jamie Coreth poses with his painting of Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, unveiled at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on June 23, 2022. Credit: Paul Edwards/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

The painting was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, according to the Fitzwilliam Museum. Coreth incorporated Cambridge into the portrait herself, opting for background tones and a hexagonal architectural motif inspired by buildings in the city, the museum noted in a statement. The region is the namesake of the couple’s titles, which were awarded to them by Queen Elizabeth II on the day of their wedding in 2011.

The painting will be on display at the Fitzwilliam for three years and then on loan to the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2023 to mark that institution’s reopening.

“I’m delighted that this new portrait was unveiled today at the @FitzMuseum_UK in Cambridge!” read a message on the official Twitter account for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

During their visit, Kate and William met Coreth, supporters of the project, and Sibyl Marshall, the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally proposed the idea for the portrait, according to the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Coreth described the experience of painting the portrait as “the most extraordinary privilege of my life” in the museum’s statement.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, where the royal couple viewed a portrait of themselves painted by artist Jamie Coreth during an official visit to Cambridgeshire on June 23, 2022 in Cambridge, England.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, where the royal couple viewed a portrait of themselves painted by artist Jamie Coreth during an official visit to Cambridgeshire on June 23, 2022 in Cambridge, England. Credit: Paul Edwards/WPA Pool/Getty Images

“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,” Coreth said in the statement.

“As this is the first portrait to show 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. The piece was commissioned as a gift to the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I had making it,” said the artist.

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