The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a surprise appearance to unveil a newly-commissioned dazzling royal portrait – the first of themselves together as a couple.
Prince William and Kate arrived at the 200-year-old Fitzwilliam Museum today to unveil the painting by award-winning portrait artist Jamie Coreth.
In the stunning artwork, William is depicted in a black suit with a white shirt and blue tie while Kate wears the emerald green Vampire's Wife gown she wore while on a visit to Ireland in 2020.
She also wears the Queen's Cambridge Pearl Pendant brooch as well as Princess Diana's pearl bracelet and Collingwood pearl earrings.
The pair also have the arms around each other with the painting showing them gazing off into the distance.
A new portrait of Prince William and Kate Middleton
The couple are wearing the same outfits in the portrait that they wore on a visit to Ireland
The portrait was commissioned last year by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to Cambridgeshire.
With this brief in mind, the artist 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 that are synonymous with the city.
The couple arrive at the Fitzwilliam Museum to unveil the portrait
The royal couple are shown into the museum
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The portrait also includes the use of a hexagonal architectural motif which can be seen on buildings across Cambridge.
Members of the public will be able to view the portrait at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum for an initial period of three years, after which the artwork will be exhibited in other community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire.
The painting will also be loaned to the National Portrait Gallery for a short time in 2023 to mark the Gallery’s reopening.
Artist Jamie Coreth 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.
"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.”