Comments are pouring in about King’s painting

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The first official portrait of King Charles III since his coronation in 2023 was unveiled at Buckingham Palace this week, and it’s got people talking around the world.

In the portrait, it looks as if the king is stepping out of a red cloud, something thousands of people have commented on on the royals’ official social media platforms. The comment section of the portrait post on Instagram has since been closed after people expressed their displeasure with the painting.

Some users compared the painting to a “blood bath”, while others said it looked like the king was “in hell”.

“It is a big disappointment. I expected something that fits the royal family,” writes Trixie Philpot, a social media user, under the post on Instagram.

“Nice, but I would have chosen a different background color that looks less like blood,” writes another user.

The portrait was painted by Jonathan Yeo, who in his career as a painter also immortalized David Attenborough and Malala Yousafzai in portraits. He also painted Queen Camilla in 2014 and Prince Philip in 2008.

According to Yeo, the portrait depicts the transformation of King Charles’ life since the coronation ceremony, just over a year ago.

He began work on the painting when Charles was still the Prince of Wales and explains that as time went on, King Charles’ role in the public eye changed.

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“I do my best to capture the life experiences and humanity of each subject, and I hope that’s what I’ve achieved with this portrait,” says Yeo.

In the painting, Charles is dressed in the uniform of the Welsh Guards, of which he became the regimental colonel in 1975.

One user compared the painting to the one painted by Graham Sutherland of Winston Churchill at the time. The portrait was given to the former British Prime Minister as an 80th birthday present in 1954.

There was great uproar over this portrait, and Churchill himself is said to have ordered its destruction a year after its introduction.

In a video shared of Charles’ painting launch, Camilla can be heard complimenting the portrait.

“Yes, you have him,” she said.