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King Charles III unveils his first official portrait since his coronation

King Charles III unveiled his first completed portrait since the coronation, a vivid image in reds depicting the monarch in the uniform of the Welsh Guards. The unveiling of the portrait by Jonathan Yeo took place at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

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LONDON (AP) 鈥 King Charles III has unveiled the first portrait of the monarch completed since he assumed the throne, a vivid image that depicts him in the bright red uniform of the Welsh Guards against a background of similar hues.

The larger-than-life painting by artist Jonathan Yeo captures the king with his hands clasped atop the hilt of his sword and a butterfly flitting above his right shoulder. Charles got his first look at the canvas Tuesday at Buckingham Palace.

Yeo began the portrait more than a year before Charles became king, with a sitting at the then-Prince of Wales鈥 Highgrove estate in June 2021. The last sitting took place in November 2023 at Clarence House, one of the king鈥檚 residences in London.

鈥淲hen I started this project, His Majesty The King was still His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and much like the butterfly I鈥檝e painted hovering over his shoulder, this portrait has evolved as the subject鈥檚 role in our public life has transformed,鈥欌 Yeo said.

The portrait, which is approximately 8 1/2 by 6 1/2 feet, will be on display at the Philip Mould Gallery in London from May 16 to June 14. From the end of August, it will be displayed at Drapers鈥 Hall across town.

The portrait was commissioned to celebrate Charles鈥 50 years as a member of the Drapers鈥 Company, which was set up more than 600 years ago as a trade association for wool merchants.

Philanthropy came to be part of their mission and the company is now a grant-giving body.