Prince William had a joint portrait with Prince Harry in 2009 by Nicky Philipps, and a royal family portrait in 2000 with the Queen, Prince Philip, the Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Prince Harry, by John Wannacott .
A source said the couple were “eager” to have this their first official joint portrait to mark the tenth anniversary of their Cambridge bond, with their titles of Duke and Duchess given on their wedding day.
The city of Cambridge is depicted in the background of the painting, with “the tones and colors of the many historic stone buildings that are synonymous with the city”.
The portrait also includes a hexagonal architectural motif that can be seen on buildings in Cambridge.
The portrait will be displayed at the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge for three years, after which it will be taken on a tour of community spaces and galleries in Cambridgeshire.
It will be loaned to the National Portrait Gallery, patronage of the Duchess, in 2023 for the reopening of the gallery.
It should also be used as part of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s youth engagement programs, to encourage young people from all walks of life to discover art.
Later today, the Duke and Duchess will reunite with Jamie Coreth to view the painting and meet supporters of the project, including Lady Sibyl Marshall, wife of the late Sir Michael Marshall who originally proposed the idea.
Coreth, a graduate of Oxford University and the Florence Academy of Art, won the 2016 Young Artist Award at the BP Portrait Exhibition for ‘Dad Sculpting Me’.
In 2020, his “Portrait of Fatima” was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and went on to win the Visitors’ Choice Award.