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 will be on show at the Fitzwilliam for three years and then loaned to the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2023 to mark that institution’s reopening.
During their visit, Kate and William met with Coreth, supporters of the project, and Sibyl Marshall, the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally proposed 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.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit 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 manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified,” Coreth said in the statement.
“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. 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, “the artist said.