The bright red official portrait of King Charles III raises eyebrows

London — Britain King Charles III has unveiled the first official portrait of him since his coronation, and it's receiving mixed reviews.

The painting by British artist Jonathan Yeo shows the king appearing to emerge from a red, fiery background. A butterfly appears as if it is about to land on his right shoulder.

Yeo, who has painted portraits of other high-profile people including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, was commissioned for his latest royal work in 2020 to celebrate the then Prince of Wales's 50th anniversary as a member of the Drapers' Company .

Portrait of Britain's King Charles by artist Jonathan Yeo unveiled in London
Britain's King Charles III meets artist Jonathan Yeo next to a portrait of the king by Yeo, at Buckingham Palace in London, May 14, 2024.

Aaron Chown/Pool via REUTERS


The painting was designed with the architecture of Drapers' Hall in mind. The portrait will hang in the Great Hall in London, home of the historic livery companythat dates back to the 14th century.

Charles is depicted in the uniform of the Welsh Guards, of which he is the regimental colonel.

“Like the butterfly I painted as it floats over his shoulder, this portrait has evolved as the role of the subject in our public lives has changed. I do my best to capture the life experiences reflected in the face of each individual nannies are etched,” Yeo said of his work. “In this case, my aim was also to reference the traditions of royal portraiture, but in a way that reflects a 21st century monarchy and, above all, to convey the deep humanity of the subject. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to capture such an extraordinary and unique individual, especially at the historic moment when he became king.”

Yeo told CBS News partner network BBC News that Charles saw the painting in a “half-finished state” and was “initially slightly surprised by the strong color, but otherwise seemed to smile approvingly.”

Queen Camilla is said to have seen the portrait for the first time and said: “Yes, you have it.”

Portrait of Britain's King Charles by artist Jonathan Yeo unveiled in London
Britain's King Charles unveils his portrait by artist Jonathan Yeo (3rd from left) at Buckingham Palace in London, May 14, 2024.

Aaron Chown/Pool via REUTERS


Yeo told the BBC that the late Queen Elizabeth II even stopped by King Charles's final sitting for the painting and said her son's likeness was well captured.

However, many reviews from outside the royal family, which have circulated on social media since the revelation, have been less generous.

While a fan suggested about the royal official in the comments below the post Instagram page that the portrait reflected Charles rising with “clarity and grace” above “enduring battles that resemble troubled waters,” many others seemed to struggle to get past the striking red tones.

One user said: “It looks like he's bathed in blood,” while another said: “Without sounding rude, this is the worst royal portrait I've ever seen.”

A third user suggested that a different color might have worked better.

“I would have loved this if it was a color other than red,” the user said. “He really captured the essence of him in his face, but the harshness of the red doesn't match the softness of his expression.”

Related Posts

Sean “Diddy” Combs accused of drugging and sexual assault as a model in 2003

Sean “Diddy” Combs' troubles continued Tuesday as a lawsuit filed in New York federal court accused the hip-hop mogul of drugging and sexually assaulting a model in 2003. The lawsuit…

Disgraced officer Derek Chauvin is facing a $9 million excessive force lawsuit

As we previously reported, a medical examiner ruled Floyd's death a homicide, noting that heart disease and drug use contributed to his death, but that restraining his body and compressing…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You Missed

United States Postal Service involved in investigation into death of Friends star Matthew Perry | The Gateway expert

  • May 22, 2024
United States Postal Service involved in investigation into death of Friends star Matthew Perry |  The Gateway expert

Using AI, Mastercard expects to find compromised cards faster before they are used by criminals

  • May 22, 2024
Using AI, Mastercard expects to find compromised cards faster before they are used by criminals

Exclusive: Ore Energy emerges from stealth to build large-scale batteries that last days, not hours

  • May 22, 2024
Exclusive: Ore Energy emerges from stealth to build large-scale batteries that last days, not hours

Biden Criticized by Experts for Repeating 'Debunked Lie' to Black Students at HBCU Graduation: 'Factually Incorrect'

  • May 22, 2024
Biden Criticized by Experts for Repeating 'Debunked Lie' to Black Students at HBCU Graduation: 'Factually Incorrect'

IMF predicts three rate cuts for Britain in 2024 amid economic 'soft landing'

  • May 22, 2024
IMF predicts three rate cuts for Britain in 2024 amid economic 'soft landing'

NEW: Three of Mike Johnson's top staffers abruptly resign | The Gateway expert

  • May 22, 2024
NEW: Three of Mike Johnson's top staffers abruptly resign |  The Gateway expert

Barbie will make dolls in honor of Venus Williams and other star athletes

  • May 22, 2024
Barbie will make dolls in honor of Venus Williams and other star athletes

Cornel West joins DC's reparations protest against Wells Fargo Bank

  • May 22, 2024
Cornel West joins DC's reparations protest against Wells Fargo Bank

Anne Robinson gives away £50million fortune to avoid inheritance tax

  • May 22, 2024
Anne Robinson gives away £50million fortune to avoid inheritance tax

Newsweek Promotes FAKE NEWS Story on Tucker Carlson and… RUSSIA! | The Gateway expert

  • May 22, 2024
Newsweek Promotes FAKE NEWS Story on Tucker Carlson and… RUSSIA!  |  The Gateway expert

How will the violent unrest in New Caledonia affect global nickel prices?

  • May 22, 2024
How will the violent unrest in New Caledonia affect global nickel prices?