KATE Middleton and Prince William stunned today as they were unveiled in their first joint portrait together.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed side-by-side for the elegant painting, created by award-winning artist Jamie Coreth.
The artwork, which was commissioned by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund as a gift to Cambs., last year, shows the couple subtly smile as they gaze into the distance.
Wills cuts a casual stance with one hand in his pocket while Kate dazzles in the same shimmering green dress she wore during her 2020 Ireland visit.
The painting went on public display at the University of Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum today – and the duke and duchess, both 40, were quick to view it for themselves.
After looking at the painting, William said: "It's quite big."
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He also told Coreth it was "amazing".
The duke and duchess both studied history of art at St Andrews University, though William later switched to geography.
William said in a Big Issue Q&A session published this week to mark his 40th birthday: "I studied a bit of art history at university.
"Had to give it up.
"I kept falling asleep in the lectures. Terrible.
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"We did a lot of Renaissance, which was amazing.
"But then once we got into modern art, I started to get a bit dozy."
Coreth said he worked to incorporate the City of Cambridge into the portrait by painting the background with the tones and colours of many of the historical stone buildings synonymous with the city.
He also used a hexagonal architectural motif seen on buildings across Cambridge.
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."
He added: "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.”
Members of the public will be able to see the portrait at the Fitzwilliam Museum for three years, after which the artwork will be exhibited in other community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire.
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The painting will also be loaned to the National Portrait Gallery for a short time in 2023 to mark the Gallery’s reopening.
Whilst on display, the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund will continue to work with the museum to ensure the portrait is used as a means of encouraging children and young people of all backgrounds from across the county to take an interest in art in all its forms.
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