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Prince William and Duchess Kate are now immortalized with a brush and a canvas.
The royal couple unveiled their first official portrait together Thursday, sharing photos of a framed painting of the two standing side by side wearing half-smiles, arms around each other’s waists.
British artist Jamie Coreth painted the Duke of Cambridge wearing a black suit with a teal tie and the duchess wearing an emerald green silk gown from The Vampire’s Wife, detailing the texture and pattern with each stroke.
“Delighted to see this new portrait unveiled at the @fitzmuseum_uk in Cambridge today,” the couple wrote on their shared Instagram account with a photo of museum patrons viewing the new artwork.
While the two have official individual portraits that already exist, the newly released one counts as their first portrait together.
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Coreth considered the commission piece to be “the most extraordinary privilege” of his life.
“I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified,” Coreth said in a statement.
“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 portrait will be on display at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum for three years and will later travel to other galleries within Cambridgeshire. In 2023 the piece of art will briefly spend time in the National Portrait Gallery in London to mark the institution’s reopening.
Some of the earlier portraits of Duchess Kate and Prince William were panned by art critics in 2014. One of William’s earliest portraits was unveiled in 2010 featuring the young royal alongside his brother Prince Harry created by artist Nicky Philipps. The painting hangs in London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Kate previously wore the gown in March 2020 on a trip with William to Ireland, just before the start of the pandemic. She donned the dress for a party, hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland, at the end of the first day of their three-day trip.
The public unveiling of the portrait at the museum was the first engagement on the royal couple’s busy schedule Thursday, when they visited the county of Cambridgeshire to celebrate the region and champion the work of charitable organizations close to their hearts, including hospices and those dealing with homelessness.
In between they greeted young fans who waited to see them, such as outside the museum as they left the building.
After the museum, they toured the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in Milton to meet small patients, their families and support staff to mark Children’s Hospice Week. It was the duchess’fifth visit of her, marking her 10th anniversary of her as royal patron of the charity.
They dropped by the Cambridgeshire County Day fair in Newmarket, where they visited stalls, kicked around a football and sampled some beer, to celebrate the best of the county and to also mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
And they visited the housing charity Jimmy’s where they learned about efforts to address homelessness in Cambridge, looking in on a resident, Eamonn Kelly, to hear how his modular home has helped him learn how to live independently.
They also met with partners and supporters of Jimmy’s to hear about how they help people move from homeless to married.
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