Drapers’ Company portrait of His Majesty The King is unveiled

A portrait of King Charles III that was commissioned by the Drapers’ Company has been unveiled at Buckingham Palace.

Portrait of His Majesty The King by artist Jonathan Yeo.

Image by kind permission of Jonathan Yeo.

Work began in 2020 – when the Monarch was still a Prince – to celebrate the 50th anniversary of him becoming a Draper.

The artist, Jonathan Yeo, said:

“When I started this project, His Majesty The King was still His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and much like the butterfly I’ve painted hovering over his shoulder, this portrait has evolved as the subject’s role in our public life has transformed.”

At Buckingham Palace, the King and Queen were met by The Master of The Drapers’ Company, Tom Harris, and Past Master William Charnley. Guests included other members of The Drapers’ Company, students and staff from the Drapers’ Academy, the Welsh Guards and Jonathan Yeo’s family.

The portrait will be on public display at the Philip Mould Gallery in London, from May 16 until June 14. Entry is free. It will take up its rightful place at Drapers’ Hall from the end of August.


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