1 / 10
Duchess of Cambridge portrait

What to Read Next

British Royal Portraits: the Good, the Bad, the Bonkers

April 4, 2013

For centuries, crowns and scepters have encouraged artists to break out their paintbrushes — with mixed results. The controversial recent portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge is just the latest in a long line of royal paintings that have raised eyebrows, scandalized society and even changed the course of history. Here’s a look at 10 of the most intriguing British royal portraits. (Text by Mark Harris)