The first official photo of Prince William and Kate has been revealed

written by Zoe Sutil, CNN

.’s first official joint photo The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge It was revealed to the public at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.
The Duke and Duchess visited Cambridge on Thursday to see a 210cm x 110cm oil painting, made by British artist Jimmy Koreith. The photo shows the couple gazing into the distance, Prince William in a dark suit and blue tie, and Kate in an indie vampire wife’s emerald green dress, which the Duchess previously wore on a trip to Dublin in 2020. The dress was designed by musician Nick Cave’s wife Susie Cave , It was It was described by British Vogue As a major turning point in Kate’s style.

British artist Jamie Koureth poses with his portrait of Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, unveiled at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on June 23, 2022. attributed to him: PAUL EDWARDS/PAUL/AFP/Getty Images

The painting was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Picture Trust, according to Fitzwilliam Museum. The museum noted in a statement that Koureth included Cambridge itself in the image, choosing background tones and a hexagonal architectural ornament inspired by buildings around the city. The area is the namesake for the couple’s surnames, which Queen Elizabeth II gave them on their wedding day in 2011.

The painting will be shown at Fitzwilliam for three years and then loaned to the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2023 to celebrate the reopening of that institution.

“Excited to see this new photo unveiled at FitzMuseum_UK in Cambridge today!” Read post on Official Twitter account The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

During their visit, Kate and William met Coureth, supporters of the project, and Sybil Marshall, wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally proposed the idea for the painting, according to the Fitzwilliam Museum.

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Koreith described the painting experience as “the most extraordinary privilege of my life” in the museum’s statement.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge where the royal couple viewed a portrait of themselves drawn by artist Jamie Koreith during an official visit to Cambridgeshire on June 23, 2022 in Cambridge, England.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge where the royal couple viewed a portrait of themselves drawn by artist Jamie Koreith during an official visit to Cambridgeshire on June 23, 2022 in Cambridge, England. attributed to him: Paul Edwards / WPA Paul / Getty Images

“I wanted to show their royal highnesses in a way that shows relaxation and friendliness, as well as elegance and reverence,” Koreith said in the statement.

“Because it is the first painting to depict them together, and specifically during their time as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the picture to evoke a sense of balance between their public and private lives. The piece was commissioned as a gift to the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.”

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