Official portrait of King Charles III mocked online

Official portrait of King Charles III mocked online

The first officially commissioned portrait of King Charles III unveiled since he became king has received a divided reaction across social media.

The portrait, created by artist Jonathan Yeo, was commissioned in 2020 to celebrate the Prince of Wales’s 50 years as a member of the Drapers’ Company, which would have occurred in 2022. Instead, the portrait was unveiled Tuesday and has met a mixed reaction online due to its striking, sea-of-pink composition.

About the portrait’s look, Yeo joked to the BBC: “If this was seen as treasonous, I could literally pay for it with my head, which would be an appropriate way for a portrait painter to die — to have their head removed!”

The first official painted portrait of King Charles III

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