Dutch Royal Couple “Staatsieportretten” Unveiled

Two unique, life-sized portraits of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were unveiled in February 2017 at Sociëteit De Witte in The Hague. Jaap Smit, Commissioner of the King of the province of South-Holland, had the honor of unveiling the paintings.

Amsterdam-based artist Urban Larsson was chosen to paint the two life-sized portraits of the Royal Couple. The artist explains: “in accordance with centuries-long traditions, the man is portrayed on the left so that the woman is placed on the side of the heart of the man. The king is the Head of State and should be firmly grounded, while the queen motions towards him. The opened hand of Willem-Alexander shows that, in effect, they jointly carry out the mission”. It is the first time that the Royal Couple have been portrayed this way.