Cambridges unveil their first official portrait to celebrate 10 years as Duke and Duchess

Prince William had a joint portrait with Prince Harry in 2009 by Nicky Philipps, and a Royal Family portrait in 2000 with the Queen, Prince Philip, Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Prince Harry, by John Wannacott.

A source said the couple were “keen” to make this their first official joint portrait to mark the tenth anniversary of their link with Cambridge, with their Duke and Duchess titles given for their wedding day.

The City of Cambridge is represented in the background of the painting, with “the tones and colors of many of the historical stone buildings that are synonymous with the city”.

The portrait also includes a hexagonal architectural motif which can be seen on buildings across Cambridge.

The portrait will be on display at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum for three years, after which it will be taken on a tour of community spaces and galleries in Cambridgeshire.

It will be loaned to the National Portrait Gallery, the Duchess’ patronage, in 2023 for the gallery’s reopening.

It is also expected to be used as part of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s youth engagement programs, to encourage young people from all backgrounds to experience art.

Later today, the Duke and Duchess will reunite with Jamie Coreth to view the painting, and meet supporters of the project including Lady Sibyl Marshall, the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall who originally proposed the idea.

Coreth, a graduate of Oxford University and the Florence Academy of Art, won the 2016 Young Artist Award at the BP Portrait Exhibition for “Dad Sculpting Me”.

In 2020, his “Portrait of Fatima” was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and later won the Visitors’ Choice prize.


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