From here to paternity: Portrait 
of the Duke to go under hammer

Dan Llywelyn Hall's portrait of the Duke of Cambridge which is being auctioned at Bonhams in London.
Dan Llywelyn Hall's portrait of the Duke of Cambridge which is being auctioned at Bonhams in London.
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A royal portrait of the Duke of Cambridge, inspired by the second-in-line to the throne’s role as a father, is to be publicly auctioned.

The oil-on-canvas piece, entitled Fatherhood, was painted by Welsh artist Dan Llywelyn Hall, and was completed to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The work, which measures 90cm by 60cm, depicts William wearing a dark suit and red tie with a poppy in his left lapel.

It is based on a meeting at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff when William viewed Hall’s portrait of the Queen, called Icon, commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union.

The portrait of William was revealed at the Wales Office in Whitehall, London, in July and is the most recent of only three to be made of him.

It will be auctioned at the First World War Centenary sale at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, central London, tomorrow, with a guide price of between £15,000 and £20,000.

All proceeds from the sale of the portrait, which took three months to complete, will go to the Victoria Cross Trust and the War Memorials Trust.

Hall, 34, said: “On the centenary of the Somme where such horror consumed the lives of over a million people it seems appropriate to support two charities that uphold the memory and acknowledge the legacy of our forefathers.”

Frances Moreton, director of the War Memorials Trust, said: “Up to 10 per cent of war memorials may be in need of careful repair and conservation.

“Donations such as this will enable the charity to help 
many more local communities appropriately cherish our 
shared national war memorial heritage.”

Gary Stapleton, chairman of the Victoria Cross Trust, said: “The proceeds from the auction will allow us to continue our vital work in restoring the graves of Victoria Cross heroes.”