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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released


The first official joint portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled today to mark the couple’s visit to Cambridgeshire to celebrate the county.

On their first stop of the day, Kate, wearing a recycled blue LK Bennett patterned dress, and William, both 40, visited the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, where they saw the painted portrait of themselves as first revealed to the public.

First official joint artwork shows Kate looking ethereal in a shimmering £1,595 emerald dress by fashionable designer The Vampire’s Wife, which she first wore on a historic visit to three days in Dublin in March 2020. She is seen posing with her arm wrapped around a dapper William, who is dressed in a sharp suit with a blue tie.

Painted by award-winning British portrait painter Jamie Coreth, the piece was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to Cambridgeshire.

After viewing the portrait, the Duke and Duchess then met supporters of the project, including the artist and Lady Sibyl Marshall – the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally came up with the idea to create the portrait.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

The first official joint portrait (pictured right) of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled today to mark the couple’s visit to Cambridgeshire to celebrate the county On their first stop of the day, Kate, in a blue patterned dress, and William, both 40, visited the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, left

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

First official joint artwork shows Kate looking ethereal in a shimmering £1,595 emerald dress by fashionable designer The Vampire’s Wife, which she first wore on a historic visit to three days in Dublin in March 2020 (photo)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

Stunning: Kate looked radiant in a multi-coloured dress paired with a blue coat on the outing with William

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

Everything in the details! Kate paired the patterned midi dress with a matching long blue coat, coordinating high heels and a clutch

For today’s outing, Kate once again showed off her thrifty side by recycling a flowing ‘Madison’ dress from one of her favorite brands, LK Bennett, which she previously wore when heading to a London restaurant.

She paired the patterned midi dress with a matching long blue coat, coordinating high heels and a clutch, while also opting for dainty earrings.

Members of the public will be able to view the portrait at the 206-year-old Fitzwilliam Museum for an initial period of three years, after which the work will be displayed in other community spaces and galleries across Cambridgeshire.

The painting – which incorporates Cambridge thanks to the background filled with tones and colors of many historic stone buildings that are synonymous with the city – will also be loaned to the National Portrait Gallery for a short period in 2023 to mark the reopening from the gallery.

While on display at the Fitzwilliam, the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund will continue to work with the museum to ensure the portrait is used as a means of encouraging children and young people of all backgrounds from across the county to interested in art in all its forms.

The Fitzwilliam Museum enjoys an international reputation for the quality of its learning and inclusion programs, working with early years providers, local schools and community outreach programs to maximize impact and enrich lives young people and their families.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

The Duchess of Cambridge showed elegance as she appeared alongside the Duke at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

Steward Kate strikes again! The Duchess recycled a flowing ‘Madison’ dress by LK Bennett for today’s engagement

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

The look of love! Kate apparently couldn’t help but smile as she looked at husband Prince William this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

Coordinated couple! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge matched their outfits, with William wearing a blue shirt to complement his wife’s dress

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

For today’s outing, Kate once again showed off her thrifty side by recycling a flowing ‘Madison’ dress from one of her favorite brands, LK Bennett, which she previously wore when heading to a London restaurant.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as the first joint official portrait is released

After viewing the portrait, the Duke and Duchess (meeting guests pictured) then met supporters of the project, including the artist and Lady Sibyl Marshall – the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally proposed the idea to create the portrait.

Artist Jamie Coreth said: “It was the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture. I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a way that they seemed both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified.

“As this is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their tenure as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a sense of balance between their public and private lives.”

“The piece was commissioned as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.”

Artist Jamie, who graduated from Oxford University in 2010, has previously been commissioned by Princess Anne.

Kate and William’s visit to Cambridgeshire will also champion the work of major local charities, linked to the couple’s long-standing interests, in particular homelessness and supporting families.

To celebrate the best of Cambridgeshire, the Duke and Duchess will visit the first ever Cambridgeshire County Day at Racecourse in July, Newmarket.

Made up of 120 exhibitors from Cambridgeshire’s business, charity, community and public sectors, the couple will visit a number of stalls and meet members of the public.

County Day will also celebrate the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. During the day there will be performances and demonstrations by choirs, bands and dancers as well as showcases from organizations such as blue light services, local charities and volunteer groups.

Kate and William will also see leading companies big and small that deliver innovation in areas such as medicine and science.

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