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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

King Charles unveils his first portrait since coronation

Charles and his wife Queen Camilla were on hand Tuesday as the king's portrait was unveiled at Buckingham Palace.

King Charles III marked another first in his reign this week, unveiling the first official portrait of himself since his coronation last year.

Charles and his wife Queen Camilla were on hand Tuesday as the king’s portrait was unveiled at Buckingham Palace.

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The portrait, which stands over 6 feet tall, was painted over the course of three years by Jonathan Yeo, a U.K.-based artist, according to the palace.

The painting features a striking red background and shows Charles wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards, of which he was made Regimental Colonel in 1975, according to the palace.

The painting was first commissioned in 2020, when Charles was the Prince of Wales, a title that has since been passed to his eldest son Prince William, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022.

“When I started this project, His Majesty The King was still His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and much like the butterfly I’ve painted hovering over his shoulder, this portrait has evolved as the subject’s role in our public life has transformed,” Yeo said in a statement. “I do my best to capture the life experiences etched into any individual sitter’s face.”

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He continued, “In this case, my aim was also to make reference to the traditions of Royal portraiture but in a way that reflects a 21st Century Monarchy and, above all else, to communicate the subject’s deep humanity. I’m unimaginably grateful for the opportunity to capture such an extraordinary and unique person, especially at the historic moment of becoming King.”

Yeo painted the portrait in his London studio in between four sittings with Charles from 2021 to 2023, according to the palace.