Both the public and Prince William and Kate have been absolutely stunned by the unveiling of the new portrait of the royal couple at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum on Thursday.
The artwork is the first official joint portrait of Prince William and Kate, with it being the work of award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Corethwas.
The two royals got to see the newly revealed portrait of themselves as it went on public display at the Fitzwilliam Museum. During their visit they got to meet with the artist, supporters of the project and Lady Sibyl Marshall-the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, the one who originally came up with the idea to create the portrait.
Speaking about the portrait, the artist said: “It has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture. I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified.
“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 piece was commissioned as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it.”
The piece was commissioned back in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to Cambridgeshire.
The Duke and Duchess visited spent some time in Cambridgeshire, being there to celebrate the region and talk about issues close to their heart, such as homelessness and supporting families.
Later this Thursday, William and Kate headed to Newmarket to visit the first-ever Cambridgeshire County Day at the July Racecourse, which is held in honor of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The event will feature over 120 exhibitors from Cambridgeshire businesses, charity, community and public sectors, with the two royals getting the opportunity to peruse a number of stalls and meet with members of the public.
During the day there will also be a number of performances and demonstrations by choirs, bands and dancers, as well as showcases from organizations such as blue light services, local charities, and voluntary groups.