King Charles portrait: ‘mystique’ or ‘monstrosity’?

“Nothing quite divides opinion like a royal portrait”, and the latest attempt to depict our reigning monarch King Charles III is “no exception”. 

The striking portrait was unveiled at Buckingham Palace yesterday, said The Arts Newspaper, and shows Charles “bathed in red”, and wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards, sword in hand and with an “eco-friendly” Monarch butterfly landing on his shoulder – said to have been suggested by the King himself as a nod to his interest in conservation and the environment.

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