Hidden details in Kate Middleton, Prince William’s first portrait

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed together for their first official portrait.
  • It was painted by Jamie Coreth as a gift to the people of Cambridge.
  • The portrait has several hidden references to Cambridge, as well as the couple’s royal titles.

The first official portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was published on Thursday.

Kate Middleton and Prince William were painted by British artist Jamie Coreth as a gift to the people of Cambridgeshire, where they are titled, according to a press release from Kensington Palace.

The portrait shows the couple posing in formal wear in an undisclosed location. Prince William wore a suit and tie and Middleton wore a sparkly £1,595, or $2,000 The Vampire’s Wife dress that he previously wore during a royal tour of Ireland in March 2020.

A portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge painted by Jamie Coreth

A portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge painted by Jamie Coreth.

Jamie Coreth/Fine Arts Commissions


There are many references in the portrait that may not be visible at first glance, including tributes to Cambridge, England, as well as to the couple’s public and private lives. Here are all the hidden details you might have missed.

Middleton wore a brooch in honor of her title as Duchess of Cambridge

Middleton accessorized with a pearl and diamond brooch that was named the Duchess of Cambridge brooch by her own title. The brooch was designed by British jeweler Gerard for Princess Augusta, who held the title of Duchess of Cambridge until 1889, according to a Gerard representative.

Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel in 1820.

Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel in 1820.

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According to The Independent, Augusta was born in Germany in 1797 and was made Duchess of Cambridge after her marriage to Prince Adolf, Duke of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace in 1818.

After his death, the brooch was passed from generation to generation through the royal family. Queen Elizabeth has been photographed wearing it on a number of occasions, The Independent reports.

William and Middleton became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they married in 2011.

The portrait shows the balance between his public and private life.

Although William and Middleton wore formal attire for the portrait, their pose could be seen as casual. They stand with their arms around each other, both looking to the side instead of looking directly at the artist.

Coreth said he wanted to convey the couple as “relaxed and approachable” and show a balance between their public and private lives.

“I wanted to showcase Their Royal Highnesses in a way that made them appear relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified,” Coreth said in a statement shared in the press release.

“Since it is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their time as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a feeling of balance between their public and private lives,” he added.

The Duchess channels Carrie Bradshaw with her shoes

For her shoes, Middleton opted for Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi Green Satin 105 pumps, the same heels worn by Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw in the 2008 movie “Sex and the City,” People reports.

carrie bradshaw shoes, duchess of cambridge

Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahnik shoes, on the left, and the Duchess of Cambridge wearing the green shoes, on the right.

Manolo Blahnik, Jamie Coreth/Fine Arts Commissions


It is unknown if Middleton is a fan of the TV series or the movies. But the shoes have long been associated with “Sex and the City,” ever since Carrie wore the blue version of the heels for her proposal and her wedding to Mr. Big. She wore the shoes again during an episode of the reboot series, “And Just Like That,” which aired earlier this year.

Background tones represent Cambridgeshire

The artist incorporated Cambridge into the portrait by painting the background in the same tones and colors as many of the historic buildings the city is known for, the press release states.

The portrait will be available to view in person at Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam Museum for an initial period of three years, after which it will be exhibited in other galleries and community spaces across Cambridgeshire, according to the press release.

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