Netizens React To The Official Portrait Of King Charles III With Jokes, Memes & Discussion

"A literal tampon."

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The first official portrait of King Charles III was unveiled at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, 14 May, and the Internet has thoughts

Commissioned by the palace, the portrait depicts Charles in the Welsh Guards military uniform amid vivid red hues, with a single butterfly above his right shoulder.

"Much like the butterfly I've painted hovering over his shoulder, this portrait has evolved as the subject's role in our public life has transformed," said artist Jonathan Yeo.

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As the portrait made its rounds on social media, comments streamed in expressing similar sentiments

Many of the top comments across different sites mentioned that the portrait evoked a sense of blood and warfare.

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Meanwhile, others felt the red hues looked like the King was surrounded by fire

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For many, it triggered a memory of #tampongate and they flooded the comments section with jokes about the sanitary product

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For the uninitiated, back in the early '90s, the British press published a private phone conversation between then-Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

The published transcript revealed that Charles wanted to "live inside [Camilla's] trousers", and he jokingly added that he wanted to be her tampon. 

However, many shared their love of the painting and defended the monarchy

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Fans of the artwork also discussed the meaning behind the butterfly in the painting

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And, of course, the memes keep rolling in

From Bram Stoker's Dracula and Star Wars, to deep dish pizza and rhubarb pie, the Internet is having a field day.

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When all's said and done, art is meant to spark discussion and evoke feelings. So, what do you think of the portrait?

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