Butterfly, Welsh Guard Uniform: King Charles' Official Portrait Decoded

King Charles III unveiled his first extravagant oil painting, marking the first ever since his coronation a year ago.
King Charles And Jonathan Yeo During The Portrait Unveiling

King Charles And Jonathan Yeo During The Portrait Unveiling

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The Royal Family unveiled the first officially painted portrait of Britain's King Charles III on Tuesday in a social media post, marking the first ever since his coronation a little more than a year ago. The extravagant portraiture was coloured with shades of red, pink, and fuchsia and depicted him gazing directly ahead.
The beautiful artwork was the creation of portrait artist Jonathan Yeo at Buckingham Palace. The Instagram post consisted of a video and two other paintings including the painting of The Duchess of Cornwall, 2014 and the Duke of Edinburgh, 2008. A video clip was also attached to the post that captured the King’s reaction after pulling the ribbon and revealing the towering portrait. His reaction hinted at a pleasant surprise as the fabric fell away.
Yeo is known for making portraits of prominent figures such as David Attenborough, Idris Elba, and activist Malala Yousafzai and had started the portrait project in June 2021, when the king held the title of Prince of Wales.
The oil painting showcases the King adorned in the uniform of Welsh Guards, a regiment for which he served as Regimental Colonel, with a butterfly poised delicately over his shoulder.
The butterfly represents transformation as the King’s "role in our public life has transformed," according to Yeo. The post also had a statement from Yeo who said, "I do my best to capture the life experiences and humanity etched into any individual sitter's face, and I hope that is what I have achieved in this portrait."
He expressed his gratitude towards the Royal Family by saying "both a tremendous professional challenge and one which I thoroughly enjoyed and am immensely grateful for."
The portrait was commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Drapers, a mediaeval guild that was once dedicated to wool and cloth merchants and is currently involved in philanthropy work.
The 7.5 feet by 5.5 feet portrait will find its place in Drapers' Hall, the guild's majestic headquarters located in London's financial district. The gallery is famous for featuring monarchs spanning from King George III to Queen Victoria, The New York Times report said.
After the King announced his return to public duties, the unveiling ceremony of the painting took place. This announcement came nearly three months after he disclosed his battle with cancer, offering relief to a nation anxious about potential upheavals within the British monarchy.
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