• Wed, Jan 6 2010

Historic Dual Portrait of Prince William and Prince Harry

A double portrait of Prince William and Prince Harry was unveiled today at the British National Portrait Gallery in London. This is the first ever portrait of the royal brothers by themselves, instead of in a group.

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The painting is by artist Nicky Philipps (photo below) and shows the princes in their Household Cavalry uniforms. It has an informal air to it, with Prince Harry sitting and Prince William leaning casually against a doorway in Clarence House. The sittings occurred in late 2008 and 2009, mostly in the artist’s studio in South Kensington.

Ms. Philipps has this to say about working with the princes on their painting:

"They were very good company and although I was commissioned to paint them in their official context, I hope I have also captured some of the brotherly banter that characterised the sittings”

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If you’re in that part of the world, drop by the National Portrait Gallery (entrance is free). You can see the portrait in the NPG’s Contemporary Galleries, along with paintings of other members of the royal family.

images via Zuma Press; hat tip to Guest of a Guest

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