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From Elizabeth II's pop art to the realistic Prince William and Kate Middleton: portraits of royals that amazed the world

8 portraits of royals that amazed the world

Portraits of royalty have always aroused special interest and admiration among viewers and art lovers. From reproductions in classical styles to bold experiments with modern techniques, these reflections point to outward beauty and the zeitgeist and cultural trends.

Similarly, the first official portrait of King Charles III caused a stir online because of the unexpected red background and strange butterfly. 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. It's not the first time that portraits of the royal family have impressed fans, so Hello! has collected the most outstanding works of art.

Queen Elizabeth II

In 1985, the world saw portraits of Elizabeth II by Andy Warhol in the style of pop art. The artist chose a photograph when the Queen was 25 years old as a basis. In total, 16 similar paintings were created not only of the British monarch, but also of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, and Queen Ntphombi Twala of Swaziland, and they formed a series called "Ruling Queens."

From Elizabeth II's pop art to the realistic Prince William and Kate Middleton: portraits of royals that amazed the world
From Elizabeth II's pop art to the realistic Prince William and Kate Middleton: portraits of royals that amazed the world

Kate Middleton

The first official portrait of Kate Middleton was created by artist Paul Emslie in 2013. Although fans of the royal family criticized the work of art, the princess herself called it "brilliant, amazing, absolutely brilliant."

From Elizabeth II's pop art to the realistic Prince William and Kate Middleton: portraits of royals that amazed the world

Prince Harry

For the portrait of Prince Harry, the artist Elizabeth Peyton chose a miniature canvas format and created it in a style similar to a caricature. She chose a photograph of Harry when he was starting his studies at Eton College as a basis.

From Elizabeth II's pop art to the realistic Prince William and Kate Middleton: portraits of royals that amazed the world

Queen Camilla

In 2014, artist Ruth Heppel painted a Victorian portrait of the then Duchess of Cornwall. It was unveiled at the Helen & Douglas House Hospital in Oxfordshire, of which she is an ambassador.

From Elizabeth II's pop art to the realistic Prince William and Kate Middleton: portraits of royals that amazed the world

King Charles III

The portrait was created by Victoria Crowe in 2018 specifically for Charles III, but it never became his official portrait, as it was transferred to the National Collection of Art in Scotland.

From Elizabeth II's pop art to the realistic Prince William and Kate Middleton: portraits of royals that amazed the world

"The Prince and Princess of Wales"

Jamie Coret's work was the first joint painting by Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton. The artist himself explained his idea as follows: "I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a way that made them look relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified."

From Elizabeth II's pop art to the realistic Prince William and Kate Middleton: portraits of royals that amazed the world

Prince William and Prince Harry

The first joint painting of the two siblings, Princes William and Harry, was presented back in 2010, and Nicky Phillips took their images in uniform when they were both officers in the Household Cavalry as a basis.

From Elizabeth II's pop art to the realistic Prince William and Kate Middleton: portraits of royals that amazed the world

Queen Elizabeth II

This painting has created a mixed opinion among admirers, due to the "coarseness" that the thick brushstrokes and close-up of the Queen's face could convey. In fact, Lucien Freud wanted to draw attention to the diamond tiara and pearl jewelry that Elizabeth II was very fond of.

From Elizabeth II's pop art to the realistic Prince William and Kate Middleton: portraits of royals that amazed the world

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