First portrait of King Charles III released

The first portrait of King Charles since he took the throne has been revealed.

Painted in oils by artist Alastair Barford, the image depicts His Majesty wearing a blue suit, white shirt, pink tie and pocket square with his hand resting casually in his jacket pocket.

Although not an official portrait, it is the first commissioned portrait of the King to be unveiled since he became monarch in September 2022 when his mother Queen Elizabeth II died.

Mr Barford said he wanted to capture a „personal and intimate” image of His Majesty, which is why he depicted him in a suit rather than ceremonial robes.

The 35 year old, who also painted the late Queen in 2015, completed the portrait in just two weeks, which he described as a „huge challenge”.



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