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They are perhaps the most photographed couple in the world, with their image reproduced millions of times over since they married more than a decade ago. However, it is only now that the first official joint portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been created, immortalizing them in an artwork that aims to show both their regal and informal sides.
The artwork has been painted by award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth and was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund as a gift to Cambridgeshire. Prince William and Kate Middleton viewed it today at the University of Cambridge's Fitzwilliams Museum, where they also due met with Coreth to discuss his work.
The portrait shows the couple standing close to one another dressed in evening wear and looking into the distance. They appear to be watching something, and the Duke in particular has a slightly amused look on his face.
Kate appears to be wearing the emerald green dress by label The Vampire's Wife that she wore on an official visit to Ireland in 2020.
"I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified," Jamie 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."
Coreth described the commission as "the most extraordinary privilege of my life."
While this is the couple's first official joint portrait, they have previously been featured in separate artwork. The first official portrait of Kate was in 2012, painted by artist Paul Emsley for the National Portrait Gallery. William has previously been depicted alongside his brother Harry in a 2009 painting by artist Nicky Phillips.
This new work will be on display at the Fitzwilliams Museum for three years, and also loaned to the National Portrait Gallery in 2023 to mark its reopening.
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