King Charles unveils vivid red portrait, his first since coronation

By Reuters

Britain's King Charles meets with artist Jonathan Yeo next to a portrait of the king, at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain May 14, 2024. Photo / Reuters
Britain's King Charles meets with artist Jonathan Yeo next to a portrait of the king, at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain May 14, 2024. Photo / Reuters
King Charles has unveiled the first official portrait of himself since his coronation last May.

The portrait by artist Jonathan Yeo depicts Charles against a background of vivid red hues, wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards military unit, with a butterfly just above his shoulder.

“Much like the butterfly I’ve painted hovering over his shoulder, this portrait has evolved as the subject’s role in our public life has transformed,” Yeo, 53, who has previously painted Charles’ late father Prince Philip, said.

“My aim was also to make reference to the traditions of Royal portraiture but in a way that reflects a 21st Century Monarchy and, above all else, to communicate the subject’s deep humanity.”

King Charles portrait by artist Jonathan Yeo.

The portrait unveiled at Buckingham Palace was commissioned in 2020 to celebrate the then Prince of Wales’s 50 years as a member of the grant-giving body, The Drapers’ Company, in 2022, the palace said. It will hang in Draper’s Hall in London.

King Charles unveils his portrait by artist Jonathan Yeo, at Buckingham Palace, London. Photo / Reuters

Yeo’s past subjects have included British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, Oscar-winning actor Nicole Kidman and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The oil on canvas artwork, which measures about 8-1/2 by 6-1/2 feet, is expected to be displayed at Drapers’ Hall in the City of London – the capital’s financial district – from the end of August, the palace said.

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