/ 24 May 2024

A polarising portrait of Princess Kate


The cover of July’s issue of Tatler has got tongues wagging with its cover, featuring a portrait of Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor. It’s the third royal portrait commissioned by Tatler in recent years, following ones of Queen Elizabeth and King Charles III. These portraits are part of the publication’s Akoje Residency, a program supporting diasporic (aka people scattered from their ancestral homelands) artists. But this latest pic of Kate has copped a bit of flak, with heaps of budding art critics questioning the quality and accuracy. “It looks nothing like her” and “it’s just plain weird” are 2 bits of frequent feedback… Despite the criticism, Uzor has praised the queen-in-waiting’s grace and dignity. “She has really risen up to her role – she was born for this. She carries herself with such dignity, elegance and grace,” Uzor says. 

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