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Funny portraits of the royal family as painting of Kate and William branded ‘frumpy’

Critics have panned a new portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, claiming it makes Kate Middleton look ‘frumpy’.

After the couple’s first official portrait was unveiled for the first time, art critic A.N. Wilson said it failed to capture her vibrant personality.

Writing in The Daily Mail he said: ‘The figure in this painting is wistful, slightly petulant and actually unrecognisable as Our Kate.’

The portrait, commissioned to mark Prince William’s 40th birthday, isn’t the only royal depiction to come under fire. 

Notoriously difficult to get right, multiple paintings of the Royal Family over the years have fallen somewhat short of the mark.

This slightly abstract depiction of the monarch is called Dreams and Nightmares of the Queen by George Condo, While you can tell who the subject is, it’s perhaps not the most flattering portrayal 

Pizza the action! This painting by Canadian artist Andre Durand which represents Diana as Pulchinella, the Neopolitan character in the commedia dell'arte.. It was commissioned to hang in Da Mario's restaurant in Kensington, one of the late royal's favourite spots, and shows the owner presenting her with a pizza

Pizza the action! This painting by Canadian artist Andre Durand which represents Diana as Pulchinella, the Neopolitan character in the commedia dell’arte.. It was commissioned to hang in Da Mario’s restaurant in Kensington, one of the late royal’s favourite spots, and shows the owner presenting her with a pizza 

This highly unusual painting of the late Duke of Edinburgh, by Stuart Pearson Wright, shows him bare-chested with strands of cress growing from his finger

This highly unusual painting of the late Duke of Edinburgh, by Stuart Pearson Wright, shows him bare-chested with strands of cress growing from his finger

Portraits of a young Prince Harry, painted by American artist Elizabeth Peyton, show off his ginger hair in a very bright orange that you can’t miss, and give him a red lip that almost looks as if he is wearing lipstick.

Peyton, who painted several images of Harry and William as children, also uses colour to give the youngest prince a bright, dark blue eye colour against what looks like a very pale skin tone.  

The discontent surrounding Kate Middleton’s latest depiction in a royal portrait is not the first time people have been divided over a painting of her. 

This painting of Prince Harry by American artist Elizabeth Peyton is one of many she has produced of the Duke of Sussex and his older brother William

This painting of Prince Harry by American artist Elizabeth Peyton is one of many she has produced of the Duke of Sussex and his older brother William 

Peyton's depictions of a young Prince Harry show him with bright orange hair, ruby-red lips and dark blue eyes, while his skin tone remains incredibly fair

Peyton’s depictions of a young Prince Harry show him with bright orange hair, ruby-red lips and dark blue eyes, while his skin tone remains incredibly fair

The depiction of Kate Middleton in a portrait by Jamie Coreth has been slammed for making her look 'frumpy' and 'petulant'

The depiction of Kate Middleton in a portrait by Jamie Coreth has been slammed for making her look ‘frumpy’ and ‘petulant’

Another painting of the Duchess of Cambridge that divided opinion was this portrait by Paul Emsley, which many thought was an unflattering depiction

Another painting of the Duchess of Cambridge that divided opinion was this portrait by Paul Emsley, which many thought was an unflattering depiction 

A portrait painted by Paul Emsley in 2013 divided opinion on after many agreed it was an ‘unflattering’ depiction of the Duchess.

And Kate’s husband hasn’t managed to escape unusual depictions over the years either, with a painting of the young Duke of Cambridge by John Wonnacott making him virtually unrecognisable.

The paintings of a 17-year-old William were unveiled in honour of the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday, with a busy scene of the family at home with the corgis released at the same time. 

The Duke of Cambridge has not escaped from the unusual paintings of himself after this portrait was released by artist John Wonnacott ahead of the Queen Mother's 100th birthday

The Duke of Cambridge has not escaped from the unusual paintings of himself after this portrait was released by artist John Wonnacott ahead of the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday

Another of John Wonnacott's paintings, also commissioned for the Queen Mother's 100th birthday, shows the whole family in Buckingham Palace with the corgis - but appears to have lost a little perspective

Another of John Wonnacott’s paintings, also commissioned for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday, shows the whole family in Buckingham Palace with the corgis – but appears to have lost a little perspective

Another funny image of the Duke of Cambridge as a youngster appears to depict him as a medieval prince with cuts on his face and a white horse at his aid after shooting a stag

Another funny image of the Duke of Cambridge as a youngster appears to depict him as a medieval prince with cuts on his face and a white horse at his aid after shooting a stag

This painting, by Joackim Onyangeo Nedalo, was not particularly well regarded - but had been created from magazine photos

This painting, by Joackim Onyangeo Nedalo, was not particularly well regarded – but had been created from magazine photos

The Queen unveiled this portrait alongside then-deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, in 2016

The Queen unveiled this portrait alongside then-deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, in 2016

After 70 years on the throne, The Queen has seen hundreds of portraits of herself commissioned during her reign.

Often present at the unveiling of the paintings, she is often all-smiles – even if the portrait isn’t quite what people had been expecting.

One hilarious depiction of the Queen and her late husband, Prince Philip, seems to have slightly misjudged their facial features.

Painted by Kenyan artist Joackim Onyangeo Nedalo, it is just about possible to tell the portrait is of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, but it doesn’t quite capture their exact looks.

However, the artist should be given the benefit of the doubt, after it was revealed he only had magazine photos of the couple to create the portrait.

After spending three months working on the portrait, the royal superfan travelled to the Ugandan capital of Kampala, where the Queen was on a state visit, to present it to her.

Lucian Freud created this portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as part of the exhibition The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch at Windsor Castle

Lucian Freud created this portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as part of the exhibition The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch at Windsor Castle

This black and white portrait of the Queen Mother was unveiled on her 89th birthday after being painted by Glaswegian student Alison Watt

This black and white portrait of the Queen Mother was unveiled on her 89th birthday after being painted by Glaswegian student Alison Watt

Nigerian artist Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roys painted this depiction of the Queen which was commissioned to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002

Nigerian artist Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roys painted this depiction of the Queen which was commissioned to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002

This depiction of the Queen was painted by Dan Llywelyn Hall in commemoration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne

This depiction of the Queen was painted by Dan Llywelyn Hall in commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne

The Queen unveiled this depiction of herself by artist Henry Ward in 2016 which marked her six decades of patronage to the British Red Cross

Queen Elizabeth II was present at the unveiling of this portrait by Canadian artist Phil Richards (second from left) at Buckingham Palace in 2012

The Queen has been present at the unveiling of dozens of portraits of herself, and has always remained polite and respectful – no matter what she has been presented with

This portrait of the monarch, by Nicky Philipps, was commissioned by the Royal Mail and used on First Class stamps to honour the Diamond Jubilee

This portrait of the monarch, by Nicky Philipps, was commissioned by the Royal Mail and used on First Class stamps to honour the Diamond Jubilee

Another depiction of the Queen by Nicky Philipps shows her standing at the top of the stairs in Archers' Hall. In the portrait, the monarch is wearing the robes of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle

Another depiction of the Queen by Nicky Philipps shows her standing at the top of the stairs in Archers’ Hall. In the portrait, the monarch is wearing the robes of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle

The Queen attended the unveiling of her 90th birthday official portrait, painted by Nicky Philipps (pictured right)

The Queen attended the unveiling of her 90th birthday official portrait, painted by Nicky Philipps (pictured right)

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