Prince William and Kate Middleton just had their first official joint portrait unveiled. The portrait was viewed by the Duke and Duchess on Thursday (Jun 23) during their visit to Cambridgeshire.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were on hand for the painted portrait’s unveiling during their visit to the City of Cambridge. The couple received the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Queen Elizabeth on their wedding day in April 2011.
William and Kate, both 40, stopped by the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum in the heart of Cambridge. They viewed the painted artwork as it was revealed to the public for the first time. The piece was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, which is held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to Cambridgeshire. It was painted by award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth.
“It has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture,” said Jamie Coreth. “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,” he added.
The artist Jamie Coreth graduates from Oxford in 2010 with a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology. He delved into portraiture at the London Atelier of Representational Art and the Florence Academy of Art. In his final year Jamie was awarded the ‘Best Painting of the Year’ prize. You can view more of his art here or on his Instagram feed.
In Coreth’s portrait of the royals, Kate is painted wearing a metallic emerald dress by The Vampire’s Wife. The same dress she wore during the couple’s visit to Dublin in March 2020. William is seen in a dark suit and a blue tie.
After viewing the piece, Kate and Prince William will meet with supporters of the project, including the artist. They will also meet Lady Sibyl Marshall, the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally proposed the idea to create the portrait.
The Royal couple are also scheduled to participate in the first-ever Cambridgeshire County Day at the July Racecourse. Comprised of 120 exhibitors from Cambridgeshire businesses, charity, community and public sectors, the couple will visit a number of stalls and meet members of the public. The County Day will also celebrate The Platinum Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth.