Royalty Thread #16: the best of times, the worst of times

Spikefan

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eta... might just be one of those things you need to see in person to appreciate 🤷‍♀️

I like his other stuff from this link. I really think it’s the color red. It just seems evil to me. It probably isn’t so bad in person. But comments are equating it with blood. Just a color I would have avoided for a myriad of reasons.
 

taf2002

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There's also Anne (long the most active royal) and Camilla seems to be doing a lot too. As for William being stretched, well he needs to get used to that :)
I can't believe I forgot Anne & Camilla. Since Camilla needed a solo vacation after supporting her husband when we first knew about his cancer she may burn out quickly. I'm reaching that burnout point myself so I understand. And Kate's situation is probably stressing her too.

I saw the red painting today. The article said the king looks like he's in hell. I think it's dreadful.
 

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I like his other stuff from this link. I really think it’s the color red. It just seems evil to me. It probably isn’t so bad in person. But comments are equating it with blood. Just a color I would have avoided for a myriad of reasons.
Blood of decades of Empire? Blood of former wife?
 

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I THINK Charles wanted to do something different. Royal portraits usually look very staid and stately. In fact, I believe Elizabeth was the first one to commission royal portraits with a toothy smile. That used to be considered improper.

Oh well. If Charles has had a rough go of it lately so if it makes him happy ...
 

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I don't know how much say Charles would have had in the portrait. It was first commissioned in 2020 and then was updated somewhat in 2022 when he became King. The portrait isn't for him, it's for the Company of Drapers and was commissioned to mark 50 years of Charles being a Freeman of the Company.
 

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I don't know how much say Charles would have had in the portrait. It was first commissioned in 2020 and then was updated somewhat in 2022 when he became King. The portrait isn't for him, it's for the Company of Drapers and was commissioned to mark 50 years of Charles being a Freeman of the Company.
Yeah, I read that in the article and I was wondering why they called it an official portrait. It's not going to hang in Buckingham Palace or wherever their official portraits are hung.
 

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Yeah, I read that in the article and I was wondering why they called it an official portrait. It's not going to hang in Buckingham Palace or wherever their official portraits are hung.
In 2022 he was either heir apparent or if it was painted after September he was actually king. You would think in either case he would some say about an unflattering portrait. Guess not.
 

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I think it is horrible beyond belief. It is different for sure but being different does not always end up in good taste.
 

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I don't care for the pink/red at all but I do think it is a great painting of his face. I kind of like the idea of a fade out background of all the royal trapings and the focus being on the face of the man who is our king. Apparently, Queen Camilla has said it is a wonderful likeness of Charles.
 

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A few pictures from Queen Mary's and King Frederik's state visit in Norway. I like Mary's dress better than the one she wore in Sweden (although, the fabric looks like it wrinkles easily). Not a fan of Mette-Marit's dress. The skirt's cut is strange, even though it might be because she's walking.



 

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Thoughts on Kate Middleton Tatler cover art?
Just saw this online and came to see if there were any comments on it. Apparently the artist claims it represents Catherine's soul. My only conclusion is she thinks the woman she has never met is soulless 🤷‍♀️

Link to pic for those who haven't seen it:

It looks like a school art project to me. I did look at her other work to see what her style is and it makes me wonder why she accepted this job. Her painting of Kate seems very two dimensional to me whereas I see more depth in her other work:

Which brings me back to my first impression, she must think Kate is soulless :D
 

canbelto

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Kate's portrait is awful. It doesn't look anything like Kate. Charles' bloody tampon portrait is stylized but looks like him. It captured his essence. This one doesn't at all.
 

Lynn226

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The artist aged her by about a decade and it seems blurry. Of course, I looked at it on my phone.
 

canbelto

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the woman in the portrait looks like bridget moynahan, tom brady's baby mama.


since bridget moynahan looks a lot like her son jack, the portrait of kate is really a gender-reversed portrait of jack brady. look at tom -- he's such a good dad!
 

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Bridget Moynihan is also a really talented actress. She's a lot more than a celebrity's "baby mama".
I read that she started out as a model and became an actress because she knew her model career would likely be short-lived and she needed something afterwards. (Technically, that's not really news, however, not many young people in the model/acting etc field plan that far ahead, especially not when their career is going okay or well).

As far as the portrait is concerned, it's obviously not the artist's ability which was an issue (some artists just don't translate facial features well), so it must have been a deliberate choice.
As someone pointed out, the shape of the face is wrong (it's rounder than Kate's face is) and there seems to be some of Meghan in her, and a part of me can't help but wonder if the artist was trying to send a message.
 

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