What Kate Middleton’s first official pic with William tells us

Kate Middleton and Prince William have their first official portrait together. This was disclosed by the couple on a tour of their namesake county Cambridgeshire in England on Thursday.

The work is significant in its composition because it follows the established line of traditional royal portraiture, which has historically been used to imbue its subjects with an aura of royal power and longevity.

The full-length rendering of the couple, unveiled at the Fitzwilliam Museum, was painted by artist Jamie Koreth, who previously portrayed William’s aunt, Princess Anne. It was commissioned in 2021 as a gift to the county by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have commissioned their first official painted portrait as a gift to the County of Cambridgeshire and created by artist Jamie Koreth. June 2022.
Jamie Koreth/Fine Arts Commission

Speaking of the commission, Koreth said:

“To be chosen to paint this picture has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life. I wanted to show Her Royal Highness in a way where she appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified.

“Since this is the first portrait to feature them together, and especially during their time as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to create 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 got to make it.”

In terms of symbolism, the focus of the image is on Kate, who is depicted wearing several objects of cultural and historical importance.

Firstly, the Duchess’s dress is surprisingly modern, despite the portrait being historical in subject matter and composition. A metallic silk-blend midi dress with frilled sleeves looks like the one Kate wore by indie designer The Vampire’s Wife.

The royal first debuted a shimmery green dress by the designer during a visit to Ireland in 2020. It was worn to a reception in Dublin that was hosted by the British ambassador and was praised by Kate for her patriotism with her Irish green.

This fashion choice of the time was seen as an example of Kate’s diplomatic style of dressing, a style she has developed in her married life and is an appropriate outfit to be entered for the future.

Kate Middleton The Vampire Wife Dress
Kate Middleton debuts a green shimmery dress by The Vampire Wife as worn in the official portrait during her first visit to the Republic of Ireland on March 3, 2020.
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In addition to the ultra-modern outfit, Kate also wore a pair of pop-culture pumps in what appeared to be Manolo Blahnik’s “hangsy” heels.

This style of shoe was made famous in the movie version of the hit TV show sex and the City Getting a pair in place of an engagement ring, with Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw.

Blahnik “Hangisi” pumps currently cost $1,125 and Kate’s pair appears in the shade “Green Satin.”

Although her fashion may characterize Kate as a modern princess, the jewelry she wears in the picture sends a strong royal dynastic message, having previously been worn by some of the most distinguished women in the monarchy’s thousand-year history. was.

The two major jewelry worn belonged to Kate’s late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. These included a pair of earrings that were gifted to Diana by her family’s jewelers on the occasion of their wedding in 1981 and a three-strand pearl and diamond bracelet.

Kate has often worn pieces of jewelry that previously belonged to Diana, as a way to keep the princess a part of her and William’s lives moving forward. When Prince gave Kate his mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring in 2010, he said:

“It’s my mom’s engagement ring. So I thought it was cool enough because obviously she’s not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of all this—it’s a way of keeping her that close.” It was my way.”

Princess Diana Earrings And Bracelets
Kate Middleton wears Princess Diana’s Collingwood earrings, which were photographed (L) November 1,1988. and Three Strand Pearl Bracelet (R) November 10, 1989.
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Perhaps the most important jewel Kate wears in the picture is a large pearl-and-diamond brooch known as “The Duchess of Cambridge Brooch” with a pearl pendant. It originally belonged to Princess Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge, the daughter-in-law of King George III.

Augusta had a famous collection of jewelry and, upon his death in 1889 at the age of 91, left the brooch to his daughter, Princess Marie of Teck, Mary Adelaide, who was Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandmother.

The Queen inherited the brooch in 1953 and wore it with and without pearl pendants throughout her reign.

Kate has often been loaned important pieces of jewelry from the Queen’s own collection, seen as a mark of respect for the monarch, and the Duchess of Cambridge’s brooch loan to the current Duchess marks the first time Kate has been publicly seen. The piece has been seen wearing.

Duchess Of Cambridge Brooch
Princess Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge (l) circa 1820 had a famous collection of jewelry. Queen Elizabeth II (L) had inherited a pearl brooch formerly in her great-grandmother’s collection. Photographed on May 30, 1979.
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Kate isn’t the only party in the picture to which symbolism has been added to her outfit, with William also wearing a Cambridge blue tie showing a sartorial gesture to the county.

Another notable element of the painting is the painting’s tactile composition, which depicts Kate and William locked in each other’s arms, projecting the image of a strong and unified couple.

These elements combine to form an image of a modern royal team, rooted in a historical institution, yet there are also many modern elements that they would eventually take with them when they assumed the roles of king and queen.

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Prince William Kate Middleton Official Portrait
The portrait of Kate Middleton and Prince William was unveiled at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on June 23, 2022.
Jamie Koreth / Commission of Fine Arts / Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images

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