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King Charles’ portrait draws comparisons to “pits of hell” and “satan”


King Charles proudly unveiled his first official portrait since his coronation last year, but the public’s reaction has been more akin to fire and brimstone than royal praise.

The portrait, featuring the monarch in his finest Welsh Guards uniform, has drawn fiery comparisons online due to its bold red backdrop.

“Who approved King Charles III’s new portrait cuz it looks like he’s in hell?!” one Twitter user exclaimed, echoing a sentiment shared by many who viewed the highly-anticipated artwork.

Others likened the striking red background to the “fiery pits of Dante’s inferno,” with some even suggesting the portrait had satanic undertones. “It looks like he’s drenched in blood,” remarked another critic.

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The portrait, painted by artist Jonathan Yeo over three years and requiring four sittings with King Charles himself, was unveiled at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, where the monarch pulled down a massive curtain to reveal the controversial artwork.

Despite Yeo’s artistic vision, the public seemingly could not look past the fiery red backdrop, with many describing Charles as appearing “villainous” in the portrait.

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“Obviously, it’s probably not the feedback Jonathan Yeo wanted after the 3 years it took for him to paint it at his London studio,” observed one royal commentator, referring to the overwhelmingly negative reaction online.

Nonetheless, King Charles’ portrait in all its fiery glory will be on display at London’s Philip Mould Gallery for a month-long exhibit before making its way to the historic Draper’s Hall, once owned by King Henry VIII.

“Looks like this painting’s getting the royal treatment… whether anyone likes it or not,” quipped another observer, highlighting the divisive nature of the portrait.

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The artist Yeo says he wanted the painting to be distinctive and a break with the past. He was aiming for something personal.

“My interest is really in figuring out who someone is and trying to get that on a canvas,” he said.

King Charles has recently resumed his royal duties after facing a cancer diagnosis following treatment for an enlarged prostate.