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1st Official Portrait for King Charles III Unveiled

Wed 15 May 2024 | 01:03 PM
Rana Atef

On Wednesday, King Charles III revealed the first portrait of the monarch after one year of taking the throne.

The portrait reflected a vivid image that depicts him in the bright red uniform of the Welsh Guards against a background of similar hues.

The painting was done by artist Jonathan Yeo who captured the king with his hands clasped atop the hilt of his sword and a butterfly flitting above his right shoulder. 

The King got his first look at the artwork on Tuesday at Buckingham Palace.

Yeo began the portrait more than a year before Charles became king, with a sitting at the then-Prince of Wales’ Highgrove estate in June 2021. The last sitting took place in November 2023 at Clarence House, one of the king’s residences in London.

The artist said: “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."

The portrait was commissioned to celebrate Charles' 50 years as a member of the Drapers’ Company, which was set up more than 600 years ago as a trade association for wool merchants.