Royal portraits can be something of a hit and miss affair.
But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave their personal seal of approval to their first official joint portrait on a visit to, appropriately, Cambridge.
And tying neatly into the theme, Kate, 40, sports a very special loan from the Queen in the portrait – the Duchess of Cambridge pearl pendant brooch.
The startlingly realistic painting was commissioned last year as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire and shows the pair standing side-by-side.
Kate is wearing an AUD$2830 emerald green dress by The Vampire’s Wife which she first wore during a visit to Dublin in 2020.
She completes the look with AUD$1500 Manolo Blahnik satin green heels and Princess Diana’s “By one of Britain’s leading portrait artists” pearl earrings.
William, dressed in a dark suit with a blue tie (and perhaps a hint of red around the hair) is in a casual, hand-in pocket stance, with the other arm wrapped round his wife.
Both are gazing almost wistfully off into the distance.
The new portrait of William and Kate was painted by award-winning artist Jamie Coreth, who is described on his website as “one of Britain’s leading portrait artists” who “focuses on the character of his sitters, evoking a sense of their presence in his work”.
It is to go on public display in the university city.
The duke and duchess – Kate re-wearing a favorite LK Bennett dress with a flowing blue coat and heels – met Mr Coreth as they viewed the painting while in Cambridgeshire for a series of engagements. William, 40, said after looking at the painting: “It’s quite big” and told Mr Coreth that it was “amazing”.
The portrait was commissioned by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to Cambridgeshire.
Mr Coreth incorporated the city of Cambridge into the portrait by painting the background with the tones and colors of many of its historical stone buildings. he said: “I wanted to show their Royal highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified,” he said.
The public can view the portrait at the Fitzwilliam Museum for three years.
It will then be exhibited in other community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire. Kate and William wrote on their official Twitter account: “Delighted to see this new portrait unveiled at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge today!”