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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Cambridgeshire as first official joint portrait is released

The first official joint portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled today to mark the couple’s visit to Cambridgeshire to celebrate the earldom.

On their first stop of the day, Kate, dressed in a recycled blue LK Bennett patterned dress, and William, both 40, visited the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, where they viewed the painted portrait of themselves as it was presented to the public. was unveiled for the first time.

The first official collaborative artwork shows Kate looking ethereal in a shimmering emerald green dress by trendy designer The Vampire’s Wife, which she first wore on a historic three-day visit to Dublin in March 2020. She is seen posing with her arm wrapped around a neat William, who is dressed in a sharp suit with a blue tie.

Painted by award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth, the piece was commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to Cambridgeshire.

After viewing the portrait, the Duke and Duchess met supporters of the project, including the artist and Lady Sibyl Marshall – the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally suggested the idea of ​​creating the portrait.

On their first stop of the day, Kate, dressed in a blue patterned dress, and William, both 40, visited the University of Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum, where they viewed the painted portrait of themselves as it was first presented to the public. revealed

The first official joint portrait (pictured) of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled today to mark the couple's visit to Cambridgeshire to celebrate the earldom

The first official joint portrait (pictured right) of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled today to mark the couple’s visit to Cambridgeshire to celebrate the earldom. On their first stop of the day, Kate, dressed in a patterned blue dress, and William, both 40, visited the Fitzwilliam Museum of the University of Cambridge, departing

Stunning: Kate looked radiant in a multicolored dress paired with a blue jacket as she attended the outing with William

Stunning: Kate looked radiant in a multicolored dress paired with a blue jacket as she attended the outing with William

The first official collaborative artwork shows Kate looking ethereal in a shimmering emerald green dress by trendy designer The Vampire's Wife, which she first wore on a landmark three-day visit to Dublin in March 2020 (pictured)

The first official collaborative artwork shows Kate looking ethereal in a shimmering emerald green dress by trendy designer The Vampire’s Wife, which she first wore on a landmark three-day visit to Dublin in March 2020 (pictured)

For today’s outing, Kate once again showed her frugal side by recycling a flowing ‘Madison’ dress from one of her favorite brands LK Bennett, which she previously wore when she went to a restaurant in London.

She paired the patterned midi dress with a matching blue longline coat, matching high heels and a clutch, while also opting for dainty earrings.

The public will be able to view the portrait for an initial three-year period at the 206-year-old Fitzwilliam Museum, after which the artwork will be displayed in other community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire.

The painting – incorporating Cambridge thanks to the background full of hues and colors of many of the historic stone buildings synonymous with the city – will also be lent to the National Portrait Gallery for a short time in 2023 to mark the reopening of the Gallery.

While on display at the Fitzwilliam, the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund will continue to work with the museum to ensure the portrait is used as a means of encouraging children and young people of all backgrounds from across the county to take an interest in art in all its aspects. to shape.

The Fitzwilliam Museum has an international reputation for the quality of its learning and inclusion programs, partnering with early years providers, local schools and community programs to maximize impact and enrich the lives of young people and their families.

The Duchess of Cambridge exuded elegance as she appeared alongside the Duke at the University of Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum

Looks good!  Kate put her best fashion foot forward for the outing

The Duchess of Cambridge exuded elegance as she appeared alongside the Duke at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum

Thrifty Kate strikes again!  The Duchess recycled LK Bennett's flowing 'Madison' dress for today's engagements

Thrifty Kate strikes again! The Duchess recycled LK Bennett’s flowing ‘Madison’ dress for today’s engagements

The look of love!  Kate apparently couldn't help but smile as she looked at her husband, Prince William, this morning

The look of love! Kate apparently couldn’t help but smile as she looked at her husband, Prince William, this morning

Coordinated couple!  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge matched their outfits

William wore a blue shirt to complement his wife's dress

Coordinated couple! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge matched their outfits, with William wearing a blue shirt to complement his wife’s dress

After viewing the portrait, the Duke and Duchess (meeting guests in the photo) met supporters of the project, including the artist and Lady Sibyl Marshall - the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally suggested the idea of ​​​​creating the portrait

After viewing the portrait, the Duke and Duchess (meeting guests in the photo) met supporters of the project, including the artist and Lady Sibyl Marshall – the wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall, who originally suggested the idea of ​​​​creating the portrait

Artist Jamie Coreth said: ‘It has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life to have been chosen to paint this painting. I wanted to present Their Royal Highnesses in a way that made them appear relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified.

‘As it is the first portrait to show them together, and especially during their time as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke 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 will enjoy it as much as I had making it.”

Artist Jamie, who graduated from Oxford University in 2010, previously worked for Princess Anne.

Kate and William’s visit to Cambridgeshire will also champion the work of key local charities, linked to the couple’s longstanding interests, particularly homelessness and supporting families.

To celebrate the very best of Cambridgeshire, the Duke and Duchess will visit the very first Cambridgeshire County Day at the July Racecourse in Newmarket.

The pair, made up of 120 exhibitors from Cambridgeshire companies, charities, the community and the public sector, will visit a number of stalls and meet members of the public.

The County Day will also celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee year. Throughout the day there will be performances and demonstrations by choirs, bands and dancers, as well as showcases from organizations such as blue light services, local charities and volunteer groups.

Kate and William will also see leading small and large companies delivering innovations in fields such as medicine and science.

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