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Written by Zoe Sottile, CNN

The first official joint portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been revealed to the public at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.
The Duke and Duchess traveled to Cambridge on Thursday to view the 210cm by 110cm oil painting, by British artist Jamie Coreth. The portrait shows the couple looking into the distance, Prince William in a dark suit and blue tie and Kate wearing an emerald green dress by indie brand The Vampire’s Wife, which the Duchess previously wore during a trip to Dublin in 2020. , designed by musician Nick Cave’s wife, Susie Cave, has been described by British Vogue as a major shift in Kate’s style.

British artist Jamie Coreth poses with his painting of Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, unveiled at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on June 23, 2022. Credit: Paul Edwards/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

The painting was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, according to the Fitzwilliam Museum. Coreth incorporated Cambridge itself into the portrait, choosing background tones and a hexagonal architectural pattern inspired by buildings in the city, the museum noted in a statement. The region is the namesake of the couple’s titles, bestowed on them by Queen Elizabeth II on their wedding day in 2011.

The painting will be exhibited at the Fitzwilliam for three years and then loaned to the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2023 to mark the reopening of this institution.

“Delighted to see this new portrait unveiled at the @FitzMuseum_UK in Cambridge today!” read a post on official Twitter account for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

During their visit, Kate and William met Coreth, supporters of the project, and Sibyl Marshall, wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally came up with the idea for the portrait, according to the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Coreth described the experience of painting the portrait as “the most extraordinary privilege of my life” in the museum’s statement.

The first official portrait of Prince William and Kate has been unveiled

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge where the royal couple viewed a portrait of themselves painted by artist Jamie Coreth during an official visit to Cambridgeshire on June 23 2022 in Cambridge, England. Credit: Paul Edwards/WPA Pool/Getty Images

“I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a way where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified,” Coreth said in the statement.

“As this is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their time as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a sense of balance between their public and private lives. piece was commissioned as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it,” said the artist.


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