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"As if jam had been spilled": the official portrait of King Charles sparked a discussion online. Photo

The first official portrait of the king was shown at Buckingham Palace. Source: Jonathan Yeo, Getty

King Charles III of Great Britain has unveiled his first official portrait after his coronation at Buckingham Palace. Fans of the royal family were quick to share their thoughts.

The painting by British artist Jonathan Yeo depicts the monarch in the uniform of the Welsh Guards, of which he was appointed colonel back in 1975, HELLO writes. The red hue of the outfit prevailed in most of the portrait. On the canvas, you can also see a butterfly hovering over the king's shoulder, added by the artist at Charles's suggestion.

The picture caused different reactions from royal fans in comments on social media. One user wrote: "I think it's beautiful and such a departure from traditional portraits." Another agreed: "Love the artistry! Innovative! I like the focus on his face... as it shows the strength of the king's character but also shows compassion and love." A third added: "Great portrait of King Charles! I love how the muted background draws attention to his face!"

''As if jam had been spilled'': the official portrait of King Charles sparked a discussion online. Photo

Others were less convinced by the dramatic red hue, commenting: "I would have liked it if it was any color other than red. It accentuated his face, but the harshness of the red doesn't match the softness of his expression." Another joked: "From now on, the painting will be known as: "Portrait with Strawberry Jam".

''As if jam had been spilled'': the official portrait of King Charles sparked a discussion online. Photo
''As if jam had been spilled'': the official portrait of King Charles sparked a discussion online. Photo

Speaking about his inspiration for the painting, Jonathan Yeo said that he felt that this portrait should have more of a "dynamic and contemporary reflection". The work was first commissioned in 2020 in honor of the 50th birthday of the then Prince of Wales. When the king saw the painting for the first time, he said: "This is really beautiful."

''As if jam had been spilled'': the official portrait of King Charles sparked a discussion online. Photo

Speaking at the event, Jonathan said they discussed how it would be "beautiful to have a narrative element that reflects the monarch's passion for nature and the environment." The artist described how Charles "made changes to the work in the middle of the process" and the butterfly became "a symbol of metamorphosis." Then the king joked: "It's good to know that I was a chrysalis when you first met me."

''As if jam had been spilled'': the official portrait of King Charles sparked a discussion online. Photo

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