The British Crown unveils the official portrait of King Charles III

The British Crown unveils the official portrait of King Charles III

Buckingham Palace revealed, today, Tuesday (14). The first official portrait of Charles III since the coronationWith a red background and a silhouette of the king in uniform of the same colour, painted by the famous British artist Jonathan Yeo.


The painting shows the King from the front, wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards, a regiment of which he has been colonel since 1975 and whose red color serves as the emblem of the entire painting.


Its author, Jonathan Yeo, is a British artist known for his numerous portraits of figures such as former prime ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, actors and actresses Kevin Spacey, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.


The artist painted pictures of a number of members of the royal family in the past, such as Camilla before she became queen, and Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.


The painting, which measures 2.6 x 2 metres, was commissioned in 2020 to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles's membership of the British Textile Guild, one of London's historic merchants' associations.




The king stood before the painter four times, the last of which was in November 2023, more than a year after he ascended the throne.


Jonathan Yeo added to his initial project a small butterfly flying on the king's back at his request, to illustrate his “passion for nature and the environment,” the artist said in his speech at this year's presentation of the work. Tuesday at Buckingham Palace.

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“When I began this project, His Majesty was still the Prince of Wales, and like the butterfly I painted flying behind his back, the image evolved as its purpose function in our public life evolved,” the painter declared in a letter. statement.


He added: “In this case, my goal was also to reference the traditions of royal photography, but in a way that reflects the monarchy in the 21st century and, above all, communicates the deep humanity” of the king.


The picture will be on display for several weeks in a gallery in London, before moving to Drapers Hall, Drapers' corporate headquarters.

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