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Portrait of a princess causes debate

A new portrait of the Princess of Wales has attracted plenty of attention.

The painting of Catherine features on the front cover of the new edition of Tatler.

It’s the work of artist Hannah Uzor who spoke of her admiration for the Princess as the painting was revealed, telling the magazine that ”she carries herself with such dignity, elegance and grace.’’

There were no sittings for the portrait – Catherine remains at home while she undergoes preventative chemotherapy following the discovery of cancer cells after major abdominal surgery earlier this year.

Instead, Hannah Uzor, used photographs of the Princess to inspire her work.

The finished result has had a mixed reaction. The Princess of Wales is shown in gala dress, in a white gown and tiara similar to those worn for several recent State Banquets. Some comments have noted that the dress is well represented but that the face of the Princess isn’t an exact replica.

However, speaking of the creative process which led to the portrait, Hannah Uzor said capturing Catherine’s expression was among her priorities and she always tried to show the layers of any subject’s personality.

She also said she had a strong indication of Catherine’s priorities, saying ”I sense with her the joy of motherhood.”

This is the third in a trio of portraits commissioned by Tatler to depict the Royal Family. In 2022, Oluwole Omofemi painted Queen Elizabeth II for the cover of the magazine to mark the Platinum Jubilee. In 2023, Sarah Knights depicted King Charles III in a cover marking his Coronation.

The July edition of Tatler is on sale now.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.