The first portrait of King Charles as Prince of Wales could be seen for the first time in 24 years

A long-lost portrait of King Charles III, which is his first as Prince of Wales, can see the light of day for the first time in a generation, much to the delight of royal fans and its renowned artist.

The first commissioned painting of the new King, as a young Prince of Wales at the age of 21, opened to great fanfare in Cardiff in 1970.

But the historic portrait has been kept in storage vaults away from the public eye for 24 years, following renovation work at Cardiff City Hall.

Now, a review of royal art is set to take place in the Welsh capital after the Queen’s death, with artist David Griffiths suggesting now is an “appropriate” time to display historic work.

The respected portraitist Mr. Griffiths said: “For whatever reason, the portrait has been in storage at the Town Hall for decades.”

The 8 foot by 5 foot painting shows Prince Charles receiving the Freedom of the City of Cardiff from the Mayor.

The 8 foot by 5 foot painting shows Prince Charles receiving the Freedom of the City of Cardiff from the Mayor.

The long-lost portrait of King Charles III, which is his first as Prince of Wales, may see the light of day for the first time in a generation.

The long-lost portrait of King Charles III, which is his first as Prince of Wales, may see the light of day for the first time in a generation.

The long-lost portrait of King Charles III, which is his first as Prince of Wales, may see the light of day for the first time in a generation.

“It would be fascinating to see him again as he certainly has a place in history and I think now would be an appropriate time to see him again in public.”

Penylan-based Welshman Griffiths had been invited by representatives of Welsh industry and commerce to portray the 21-year-old prince as a gift to the city of Cardiff.

Now, a review of royal art will take place in the Welsh capital after the Queen’s death, with artist David Griffiths suggesting now is an “appropriate” time to display historic work.

In a break with tradition, the then-mayor, Councilor Lincoln Hallinan, asked to be included in the portrait, and also to have coats of arms incorporated into the design.

The first session with the Prince took place at Buckingham Palace in November 1969, with a last one on the eve of the Prince’s departure for Australia and New Zealand in 1970.

The first commissioned painting of the new King, as a young Prince of Wales at the age of 21, opened to great fanfare in Cardiff in 1970.

The first commissioned painting of the new King, as a young Prince of Wales at the age of 21, opened to great fanfare in Cardiff in 1970.

The first commissioned painting of the new King, as a young Prince of Wales at the age of 21, opened to great fanfare in Cardiff in 1970.

The 8 x 5 foot painting shows Prince Charles receiving the Freedom of the City of Cardiff from the Mayor.

It was opened in the Town Hall by the Lord Lieutenant, Sir Cenydd Treherne, in May 1970.

But before going on permanent display in the City Hall Marble Gallery, the portrait was on display for two weeks at Harrods, London.

It was then exhibited at the National Eisteddfod, a Welsh cultural festival, held in Ammanford in August 1970.

In 2002, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society commissioned a second portrait of The Prince, again by David Griffiths.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Wales commissioned a second portrait of The Prince, again by David Griffiths, in 2002.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Wales commissioned a second portrait of The Prince, again by David Griffiths, in 2002.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Wales commissioned a second portrait of The Prince, again by David Griffiths, in 2002.

The 60 x 40-inch oil-on-canvas painting hangs in the main lobby of Cardiff City Hall, but the original work has not been on display for more than 20 years.

An account of the background of portraiture appears in the artist’s recent autobiography, called Hunanbortread in Welsh.

The most recent public portrait of Mr. Griffiths was that of the Welsh Prime Minister, Mark Drakeford.

Other political figures painted by David Griffiths include Lord Callaghan, Enoch Powell, Lord Weatherill, Lord Tonypandy, Lord Cledwyn Hughes, Lord Hailsham, and Nigel Farage.

Following the queen's death and her ascension to the throne, King Charles announced on September 9 that Prince William would become the new Prince of Wales.

Following the queen's death and her ascension to the throne, King Charles announced on September 9 that Prince William would become the new Prince of Wales.

Following the queen’s death and her ascension to the throne, King Charles announced on September 9 that Prince William would become the new Prince of Wales.

Welsh politicians who have posed for him include former Prime Minister Rhodri Morgan, MP Gwynfor Evans and Lord Elwyn Jones.

Sports-loving Mr Drakeford agreed to pose for Mr Griffiths, who has also painted Welsh sporting legends ranging from former world boxing champion Joe Calzaghe to former world rugby player of the year Shane Williams.

A Cardiff council spokesman said: “While there are no immediate plans to re-hang the portrait, which has been in storage since renovation work was carried out at City Hall in 1998, all portraits will be reviewed in due course. hanging in the civic buildings of the Council”. following the death of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the accession to the throne of King Charles III.’

The new Prince and Princess of Wales met royal fans in Swansea yesterday, including an adorable two-year-old wearing traditional Welsh costume.

The new Prince and Princess of Wales met royal fans in Swansea yesterday, including an adorable two-year-old wearing traditional Welsh costume.

The new Prince and Princess of Wales met royal fans in Swansea yesterday, including an adorable two-year-old wearing traditional Welsh costume.

Following the queen’s death and her accession to the throne, King Charles announced on September 9 that Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge would become the new Prince and Princess of Wales.

But the decision to give them the titles has caused some controversy in Wales, and a petition calling for the British monarchy to end use of the title has gathered more than 35,000 signatures.

The couple kicked off a tour of the country yesterday, visiting Holyhead in Anglesey and Swansea, where they met Royal fans, including an adorable two-year-old boy in traditional Welsh costume.

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