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The First Official Portrait of King Charles Received Sharp Criticism

King Charles unveiled the first official portrait of his reign this week.

And to say the reaction was mixed would be putting it very, very mildly.

Artist Jonathan Yeo took an unusual approach to his royal subject, depicting Charles in a range of reddish hues that reminded some viewers of the fires of hell.

An official portrait of King Charles III, painted by artist Jonathan Yeo, is pictured during its unveiling in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in London on May 14, 2024.
An official portrait of King Charles III, painted by artist Jonathan Yeo, is pictured during its unveiling in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in London on May 14, 2024. (Photo by Aaron Chown/POOL/AFP)

The first official portrait of King Charles stuns the internet

“Who made the new portrait of King Charles III?” approved because it looks like he’s in hell?!” According to TMZ, a user posted on X (formerly Twitter).

Several observers noted that Charles looked “villainous” in the painting.

Others complained that he looked covered in blood. And a surprising number of madmen are convinced that the portrait has a patently “satanic” quality.

King Charles III  unveils his portrait by artist Jonathan Yeo in the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace on May 14, 2024 in London, England. King Charles III  unveils his portrait by artist Jonathan Yeo in the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace on May 14, 2024 in London, England.
King Charles III unveils his portrait by artist Jonathan Yeo in the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace on May 14, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Aaron Chown-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It goes without saying that this is probably not the kind of reception Charles was hoping for for his very first portrait as king.

Dark times for the royal family

The strange portrait and the negative reaction to it come at a time when the royals are already dealing with enormous conflict.

In February we learned that King Charles had been diagnosed with cancer.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, visits the new emergency services station at Barnard Castle in Durham, England on February 15, 2018. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, visits the new emergency services station at Barnard Castle in Durham, England on February 15, 2018.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, visits the new emergency services station at Barnard Castle in Durham, England on February 15, 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson – WPA Pool /Getty Images)

Little is known about his condition. However, there are rumors that Charles’ treatment is not going as well as his doctors had hoped.

Some media outlets even went so far as to report that Charles only had two years left to live.

Charles was able to return to royal duty last month, but there are still major concerns about his condition.

Jonathan Yeo stands in front of the portrait of King Charles III.  by artist Jonathan Yeo, which will be unveiled in the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace on May 14, 2024 in London, England.Jonathan Yeo stands in front of the portrait of King Charles III.  by artist Jonathan Yeo, which will be unveiled in the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace on May 14, 2024 in London, England.
Jonathan Yeo stands in front of the portrait of King Charles III. by artist Jonathan Yeo, which will be unveiled in the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace on May 14, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Aaron Chown-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton is also battling cancer

Shortly after palace officials announced Charles’ condition, we learned that Kate Middleton is also battling cancer.

Fortunately, it is believed that Kate is on the mend. Still, there’s no denying that this is an extremely difficult time for the Royals.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a walking tour of Ballymena town center in Ballymena, Northern Ireland on February 28, 2019. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a walking tour of Ballymena town center in Ballymena, Northern Ireland on February 28, 2019.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a walking tour of Ballymena town center in Ballymena, Northern Ireland on February 28, 2019. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Apparently none of this has anything to do with the bizarre portrait of Charles.

But as many have pointed out, this would have been a good time to unveil a painting that could inspire hope and optimism among the British people.

Instead, the royals went with this strange depiction of Charles as Vigo the Carpathian Ghostbusters II.

Those who know him best say King Charles is deeply concerned about his legacy and the way he will be remembered – which makes this highly unusual official portrait all the more startling.

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