Kate’s not the only royal portrait fail! As new painting of the Duchess is panned, FEMAIL reveals it’s just the latest of the monarchy’s many catastrophes on canvas
- Art critics have panned a new portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released for Prince William’s 40th birthday
- People have claimed Kate Middleton looks ‘frumpy’ and ‘petulant’ in the portrait, painted by Jamie Coreth
- The portrait isn’t the only royal painting that has turned heads over the years, with several unusual depictions of the family
Critics have panned a new portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, claiming it makes Kate Middleton look ‘frumpy’.
After the couple’s first official portrait was unveiled for the first time, art critic A.N. Wilson said it failed to capture her vibrant personality.
Writing in The Daily Mail he said: ‘The figure in this painting is wistful, slightly petulant and actually unrecognisable as Our Kate.’
The portrait, commissioned to mark Prince William‘s 40th birthday, isn’t the only royal depiction to come under fire.
Notoriously difficult to get right, multiple paintings of the Royal Family over the years have fallen somewhat short of the mark.
Femail has taken a look back on some of the more memorable paintings of our favourite royals – which haven’t necessarily been remembered for the right reasons.
From a bare-chested Prince Philip to an abstract depiction of Prince William as a bloody-faced hunter, some artists have created works that will be imprinted in our minds forever.
This slightly abstract depiction of the monarch is called Dreams and Nightmares of the Queen by George Condo, While you can tell who the subject is, it’s perhaps not the most flattering portrayal
Pizza the action! This painting by Canadian artist Andre Durand which represents Diana as Pulchinella, the Neopolitan character in the commedia dell’arte.. It was commissioned to hang in Da Mario’s restaurant in Kensington, one of the late royal’s favourite spots, and shows the owner presenting her with a pizza
This highly unusual painting of the late Duke of Edinburgh, by Stuart Pearson Wright, shows him bare-chested with strands of cress growing from his finger
This painting of Prince Harry by American artist Elizabeth Peyton is one of many she has produced of the Duke of Sussex and his older brother William
Peyton’s depictions of a young Prince Harry show him with bright orange hair, ruby-red lips and dark blue eyes, while his skin tone remains incredibly fair
The depiction of Kate Middleton in a portrait by Jamie Coreth has been slammed for making her look ‘frumpy’ and ‘petulant’
Another painting of the Duchess of Cambridge that divided opinion was this portrait by Paul Emsley, which many thought was an unflattering depiction
The Duke of Cambridge has not escaped from the unusual paintings of himself after this portrait was released by artist John Wonnacott ahead of the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday
Another of John Wonnacott’s paintings, also commissioned for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday, shows the whole family in Buckingham Palace with the corgis – but appears to have lost a little perspective
Another funny image of the Duke of Cambridge as a youngster appears to depict him as a medieval prince with cuts on his face and a white horse at his aid after shooting a stag. The painting, by Andre Durand, also depicts Bamoral in the background. Durand has previously been branded ‘the worst painter in the world’ by art critic Brian Sewell
This painting, by Kenyan artist Joackim Onyangeo Nedalo, was not particularly well regarded – but had been created from magazine photos and took three months to complete. After the artist, a royal superfan, had finished his masterpiece, he travelled all the way to the Ugandan capital of Kampala, where the Queen was on a state visit, to present the painting
The Queen unveiled this portrait alongside then-deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, in 2016
Lucian Freud created this portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as part of the exhibition The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch at Windsor Castle
This black and white portrait of the Queen Mother was unveiled on her 89th birthday after being painted by Glaswegian student Alison Watt. It divided opinion on its release due to the subject’s outfit and glum expression. Watt put her own stamp by including her trademark – her own teacup, pictured just next to the Queen Mother
Nigerian artist Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roys painted this depiction of the Queen which was commissioned to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002
This depiction of the Queen was painted by Dan Llywelyn Hall in commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne. It is now displayed at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
The Queen has been present at the unveiling of dozens of portraits of herself, and has always remained polite and respectful – no matter what she has been presented with
This portrait of the monarch, by Nicky Philipps, was commissioned by the Royal Mail and used on First Class stamps to honour the Diamond Jubilee
Another depiction of the Queen by Nicky Philipps shows her standing at the top of the stairs in Archers’ Hall. In the portrait, the monarch is wearing the robes of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
The Queen attended the unveiling of her 90th birthday official portrait, painted by Nicky Philipps (pictured right)
A portrait of the late Princess Diana was painted by an unlikely source – Manchester City player Jim Whitley. The portrait was auctioned off to raise money for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund at the Queen of Hearts Charity Ball in Manchester
Artist John Ward painted Princess Diana in her wedding dress in 1984, in a portrait that was displayed at the ‘Princes as Patrons’ exhibition in Cardiff 14 years later
Artist Gareth Reid painted this depiction of Prince Charles, which the Prince of Wales unveiled himself during a visit to Hillsborough Castle alongside the Duchess of Cornwall
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