“Heinz Wants Their Ketchup Back,” Netizens React To King Charles III’s First Official Royal Portrait After Coronation

The painting aims to reflect the transformation and evolution of Charles from Prince of Wales to monarch.

by Nikitha Sebastian
“Heinz Wants Their Ketchup Back,” Netizens React To King Charles III’s First Official Royal Portrait After Coronation

King Charles III introduced to the public a new portrait of himself, painted by acclaimed artist Jonathan Yeo. The unveiling, however, quickly stirred more than just admiration. The distinctively bold depiction captured a remarkably intense and somewhat unsettling image of the monarch. It lead some observers to describe it as “haunting” and likening it to a vision of the King “in hell.”

The Stirring Portrait Of King Charles

 

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The portrait features Charles clad in the ceremonial uniform of the Welsh Guards. It was a regiment he has been associated with since 1975 when he was appointed the Regimental Colonel. The setting of the reveal, the Blue Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace, underscored the significance of this artwork. It being the first official portrait of Charles since his ascension to the throne.

Jonathan Yeo, a portrait artist known for his nuanced and sometimes provocative depictions, has imbued the painting with a striking intensity. The choice of a deep, almost fiery red backdrop and the King’s stern expression give the artwork a dramatic flair that veers away from the more staid and formal royal portraits of the past. According to Yeo, the painting aims to reflect the transformation and evolution of Charles from Prince of Wales to monarch.

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Netizens Have Mixed Reactions

Critics and royal watchers were quick to comment on the portrait’s unsettling tone. The rich, heavy hues and the contemplative, if not troubled, look in the King’s eyes suggest a deeper narrative. While some may find it disconcerting, others argue that the artwork brilliantly encapsulates the complexities and burdens of royal duty and the personal challenges Charles has faced in his journey to the throne.

“Is he supposed to be a tampax?” commented one Instagram user, “Looks like he’s being sucked into a burning portal 😮,” “Honestly, how did his pr team allow this?” asked others. Social platform X (Formerly, Twitter) was flooded with comments ranging from “Satan is that you?” to ” Is this a joke? That painting is wack. My 9 y/o could do better. He looks like a Dungeons & Dragons villain 👎🏻.”

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This bold artistic representation marks a departure from the more conventional royal imagery and could be symbolising the new era of King Charles’s reign. This could be viewed as a masterpiece of depth and emotion or as a disquieting image of royal distress. This portrait ignites a strong reaction and invites interpretation,  accomplishing what all great pieces of art set out to do.

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