Charles III: discover the new official and surprising portrait of the king

Charles III: discover the new official and surprising portrait of the king
Charles III: discover the new official and surprising portrait of the king

On a vast red canvas measuring approximately 2.6 meters by 2 meters, King Charles III appears a sword in hand in the uniform of the Welsh Guardsregiment of which he has been colonel since 1975. His uniform blends with the vibrant red of the canvas, drawing the eye to his face and on a butterfly about to land on one of his shoulders.

The work, revealed on Tuesday May 14 at Buckingham Palace, was created by the famous British artist Jonathan Yeo. Ordered in 2020, this canvas was made for commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Charles’ membership in the Company of Drapers, one of London’s historic trading guilds. The king posed for about an hour, four times, to allow Jonathan Yeo to take his portrait.

The butterfly, the perfect symbol

“In the history of art, the butterfly symbolizes metamorphosis and rebirth” the painter told the BBC. A symbol that perfectly corresponds to the king who has just acceded to the throne. Charles III was officially crowned a little over a year ago. The butterfly also symbolizes the interest and actions for the environment led by the king. According to the artist, the idea for the butterfly came directly from his model.

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