King’s first official painted portrait since the coronation unveiled | UK News

An inaugural portrait of the monarch following the coronation has been showcased at Buckingham Palace.

Esteemed artist Jonathan Yeo, known for his depictions of notable personalities such as Idris Elba, Cara Delevingne, Sir David Attenborough, Nicole Kidman, Malala Yousafzai, and ex-prime ministers Sirs David Cameron and Tony Blair, crafted the portrait.

Yeo, who has previously exhibited at prestigious galleries including the Royal Academy of Arts and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, has a portfolio that includes Queen Camilla and the late Prince Philip.

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Pic: His Majesty King Charles III by Jonathan Yeo 2024


The King provided the opportunity for Yeo to capture his likeness during four separate sessions from June 2021 to November 2023 at Highgrove and Clarence House.

The artist also leveraged additional sketches and photographs of His Majesty to further the portrait’s development in between sessions.

At the unveiling of his work in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, Yeo expressed, “It was an honor and delight to be chosen by The Drapers’ Company to create this portrait of His Majesty The King, the first to be revealed after his ascension to the throne.

“The process began while His Majesty was still known as the Prince of Wales, and akin to the butterfly depicted by his shoulder, the portrait has metamorphosed alongside his advancing public role.

Yeo has painted portraits of other figures like Malala Yousafzai, Idris Elba and Queen Camilla.
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Yeo has painted portraits of other figures like Malala Yousafzai, Idris Elba and Queen Camilla.

“My goal is to portray an individual’s life story that’s written upon their visage.

“With this portrait, my objective was to nod to the legacy of royal portraits but through a contemporary lens that communicates a modern monarchy and, primarily, to reveal the profound depth of the subject’s humanity.

“Immense gratitude fills me for the chance to portray such a pivotal figure at such a significant point in our history.”

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The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, from London, Archbishop of Canterbury, is made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order by King Charles III at Windsor Castle. The honour recognises services on the occasion of the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.  Picture date: Tuesday May 14, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Windsor Castle today. Pic: PA

Moreover, the King recommenced his investiture duties at Windsor Castle, presenting his first series of honors in five months – the first since being diagnosed with cancer. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was distinguished as a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order among 52 honorees.

Doctors gave the King the green light last month to resume public engagements.

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Dame Jilly Cooper, from Stroud, Author, is made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by King Charles III at Windsor Castle. The honour recognises services to literature and to charity.    Picture date: Tuesday May 14, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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Dame Jilly Cooper was among those given investitures at Windsor Castle today. Pic: PA

Commissioned back in 2020 to commemorate his half-century tenure with The Draper’s Company by 2022, the portrait depicts him adorned in the garb of the Welsh Guards, a position he was appointed to in 1975.

The portrait, a canvas oil painting, was specifically sized to harmonize with the design of the Drapers Hall, where it will be permanently exhibited.

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Prior to its settling at Drapers’ Hall at the end of August, the artwork will be on public view at the Philip Mould Gallery in London from 16 May to 14 June. The Drapers’ Company represents a consortium of seven charitable trusts committed to aiding those at a disadvantage. Its regal connections stretch back to 1364 upon receiving its initial charter from King Edward III.

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