A new portrait will be unveiled today of The Duke of Cambridge, painted by Welsh artist Dan Llywelyn Hall. The inspiration behind the painting is William’s new role as a father to Prince George.
The oil-on-canvas piece, entitled Fatherhood, was painted by the same artist, whose portrait of the Queen last year was criticised for its resemblance to a Spitting Image puppet.
The portrait measures 90cm by 60cm and will be revealed on Tuesday at the Wales Office in Whitehall to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
In the painting, William is wearing a dark suit and red tie alongside a poppy which signifies the First World War. His Highness is looking upwards against a red background.
The work is based on the meeting where Prince William viewed Mr Hall’s portrait of the Queen, commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union.
Speaking of the painting, the artist said: “Fatherhood is a portrait about a universal theme: the concerns, hopes and aspirations of a family man.”
“On the centenary of the Somme where such horror consumed the lives of over a million people it seems appropriate to support two charities that uphold the memory and acknowledge the legacy of our forefathers,” Lylwelyn Hall commented.
The portrait will be put up for auction at the First World War centenary sale at Bonhams in early October, with all proceeds going to The Victoria Cross Trust and War Memorials Trust.
The 33 year old artist is the youngest person to ever paint the Queen, and now he has painted her grandson.
Following on from his comical portrait of the Queen, Dan Llywelyn Hall turns his artistic talents to her grandson pic.twitter.com/UXXwu62lFl
— Gary Marlowe (@gmarlowe) July 2, 2014