PR Elletson in Pewsey frames the portrait of the Duke and Duchess

A PICTURE framing company from Pewsey has been chosen to frame the new portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The painting, commissioned last year as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire, shows the couple standing side by side, with Kate in an elegant emerald dress and William in a black suit.

It is on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

The portrait was painted by award-winning artist Jamie Coreth and the frame was made by Philip Elletson of PR Elletson at Pewsey.

Philip, 74, has been making frames since 1978 and has already made the frame for Captain Sir Tom Moore’s portrait – as well as for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Philip was contacted by the artist, Mr Coreth, who could not initially reveal who the portrait was intended for.

He knew how big it had to be and that it had to be gilded and ‘Victorian’, but had trouble giving ideas when working in such secrecy.

Members of the public will be able to view the portrait at the Fitzwilliam Museum for an initial period of three years, after which the work will be displayed in other community spaces and galleries across Cambridgeshire.

Philip, who lives between Pewsey and Marlborough, said: “It took about three months to complete because it was so big and had to be done in stages, and other things had to be done in between.

“My wife was of course furious when she found out I knew, being a complete royalist herself.”

When asked if Philip was happy with his work, he said: “Absolutely. I think it’s absolutely brilliant.

“I had a small suspicion who the portrait might have been for, but wasn’t sure, and it was a very pleasant surprise when I found out it was the Duke of the Duchess of Cambridge. .

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

The Duke and Duchess, both 40, met Coreth as they looked at the painting of themselves on Thursday while in Cambridgeshire for a series of engagements.

William said, after looking at the painting, “It’s pretty big.”

He told Coreth it was “incredible”.

The Duke and Duchess both studied art history at the University of St Andrews, although William later switched to geography.

Coreth said it was “the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture”.

“I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a way where they seemed both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified,” he said.

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