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  • Kate Middleton and Prince William viewed their first official portrait together at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England
  • The oil painting was crafted by artist Jamie Coreth and commissioned by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund
  • Some royal fans praised the piece, while others were not as impressed

Kate Middleton and Prince William's first official joint portrait received mixed reactions on social media after it was revealed to the public for the first time this week.

The couple visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, Thursday for the unveiling of the painted portrait, which was crafted by award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth, People reported.

The portrait showed the couple gazing into the distance, Prince William in a dark suit and blue tie and Middleton wearing a metallic emerald dress from indie brand The Vampire's Wife, which the duchess previously wore on a trip to Dublin, Ireland, in 2020.

The oil painting was commissioned last year by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, which is held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to Cambridgeshire, a county in the city of Cambridge. Prince William and Middleton received the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Queen Elizabeth on their wedding day in 2011.

 The couple shared an image of the artwork on their official Twitter account.

"Delighted to see this new portrait unveiled at the @FitzMuseum_UK in Cambridge today!" they wrote in the caption Thursday.

Twitter users shared their thoughts on the piece, with some praising it while others were not as impressed.

"I'm not a fan of the portrait," one person commented

Another wrote, "I don't like it actually. His head is weird, and she doesn't look anything like Kate [in my opinion]."

But one Twitter user thought it was "brilliant," adding: "Her look is perfect from top to bottom. Nothing fades out, down to the shoes. She's all there. And his stance is perfect. He'll be king, but he's calm with it. It's just all perfect."

"I thought it was a photo. The portrait is absolutely beautiful. Well done to the very talented artist," another added.

The artist behind the piece said he was honored to have been given the opportunity to paint the first portrait depicting Prince William and Middleton together during their time as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

"It has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture," Coreth was quoted as saying by People. "I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified."

Coreth explained that he wanted the artwork to "evoke a feeling of balance between their public and private lives," adding: "I hope they will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it."

Prince William and Kate Middleton CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge where the Royal couple viewed a portrait of of themselves painted by artist Jamie Coreth during an official visit to Cambridgeshire on June 23, 2022 in Cambridge, England. Photo: Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images