HRH Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton is stunningly glamboyant in this black & white photograph on the cover of the June 2011 issue of the Australian Women’s Weekly with her husband Prince William taking the back cover graciously!
Inside is an Australian first, a portrait of the Duchess painted by Archibald favourite and award winning Australian painter Robert Hannaford as commissioned by The Weekly to celebrate the royal wedding.
The portrait will be auctioned to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Australian charity chosen by Prince William and Catherine to receive donations in lieu of wedding gifts.
Robert painted Catherine from one of a series of photographs provided by The Weekly.
“I chose it because I thought it was the one that said the most about her,” he told the magazine.
“I chose it because I thought it was the one that said the most about her & I liked this one because of the humanity and it showed her character.”
The Weekly\’s editor-in-chief, Helen McCabe, said:
“I think the portrait is incredibly beautiful. I did not know what he would do but I remember walking into his studio and being blown away by the likeness. Of course that is what Robert is famous for. He has won 3 People\’s Choice awards in the Archibald\’s. I am very grateful that Robert agreed to the assignment at short notice. As a former South Australian I have always admired his extraordinary work so it is a thrill to have him in The Weekly”
Robert or “Alfie” as he is best known has also painted Dame Joan Sutherland, former prime ministers Paul Keating and Bob Hawke. He lives in Riverton in South Australia.
His works usually sell for more than $30,000. This auction will start at $9, and members of the public can bid at www.aww.com.au/auction.
The June 2011 issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly is on newsstands tomorrow (Friday June 3rd) and get bidding!
Courtesy of AWW
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