On Thursday, June 23, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Cambridgeshire, England.
The day began at the University of Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum where they unveiled a new joint oil on canvas portrait by British artist, Mr. Jamie Coreth, son of well-known artist and sculptor, Mr. Mark Coreth.
In a press release via the Fitzwilliam Museum the portrait was:
“…commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to the county. With this brief in mind, the artist worked to incorporate the City of Cambridge into the portrait by painting the background with the tones and colours of many of the historical stone buildings that are synonymous with the city. The portrait also includes the use of a hexagonal architectural motif which can be seen on buildings across Cambridge.
Jamie Coreth is a graduate of the Florence Academy of Art and established his artistic career in London in 2015. In June 2016 his portrait, Dad Sculpting Me, was awarded the Young Artist Award at the BP Portrait Exhibition, a showcase held annually by the National Portrait Gallery. Since then, Coreth’s works have been accepted into the BP Portrait Exhibition on two further occasions. In 2020, Portrait of Fatima was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and later won the Visitors’ Choice with over 1,000 votes.
The portrait will be on display for an initial period of three years, after which the portrait will be exhibited in other community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire. The painting will also be loaned to the National Portrait Gallery in 2023 to mark their reopening.“
In a statement after the unveiling, Mr. Coreth noted:
“It has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture. I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified. As it is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their time as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a feeling of balance between their public and private lives. The piece was commissioned as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it.“
After the unveiling at the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the housing charity, Jimmy’s, in Cambridge. Whilst there, the popular royal duo learned about the crucial support they offer to individuals experiencing homelessness.
In the afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Cambridgeshire County Day at Newmarket Racecourse where they met with the locals, played kickball, ate delicious food, and had a great time.
The royal couple also visited the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Milton on the occasion of Children’s Hospice Week, a national week to raise awareness of the vital work of children’s hospices across the United Kingdom. The Duchess of Cambridge is also the Royal Patron of EACH Hospice.
According to an EACH press release, during today’s visit, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:
“…toured the hospice, which was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales on 1st August 1989, and met with children, young people, and families who use services through EACH. They were invited to take part in art activities with families, in addition to touring the hospice grounds and meeting long-term staff members and volunteers.
EACH Chief Executive Phil Gormley said: ‘We very much enjoyed welcoming Their Royal Highnesses to Milton. It was The Duchess’s first public visit to Milton and the very first time we had the pleasure of welcoming The Duke to one of our hospices so it was a very special, memorable and momentous day for everyone connected with EACH.
The Duchess met our fantastic staff and volunteers at Milton, who work tirelessly with children and their families needing our services. They had the chance to explain the difficulties they have faced in recent years, particularly in light of the pandemic and the isolation they have felt through shielding.
The visit was the perfect opportunity to celebrate ten years since Her Royal Highness became our Royal Patron. Throughout the decade, The Duchess has been immensely supportive by championing our cause. Her continued support comes with warmth, empathy and understanding, including beyond public view, and her Patronage is enjoyed and appreciated by everyone at EACH.
We are extremely thankful and consider ourselves honored and very lucky to benefit from her hard work, generosity and support.’ ”