A long-lost portrait of King Charles III could be seen for the first time in 24 years, a report has claimed. The painting of Britain’s new monarch, which was created during his stint as Prince of Wales, could return to the public gaze much to the delight of royal fans.
It was commissioned when Charles was just 21 years old and was unveiled in Cardiff in 1970.
However, a review is now underway in the Welsh capital following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
David Griffiths, the artist who created the portrait, even suggested now is an “appropriate” time to show the historic work.
Mr Griffiths said: “For whatever reason, the portrait has been in storage at the City Hall for decades.
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“It would be fascinating to see it again as it certainly holds a place in history and I feel now would be an appropriate time for it to be seen again in public.”
Mr Griffiths, who is based in the district of Penylan, was invited by representatives of Welsh industry and commerce to paint the then Prince of Wales as a gift to the city.
Griffiths produced a second portrait of Charles in 2002 after it was commissioned by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.
He has also painted prominent politicians including Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and ex-Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.