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Elden Ring boss or King of England? Gamers have fun with Charles’ official portrait.

The first official portrait of King Charles was unveiled at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace this week, but the striking artwork has received a mixed reaction online.

One X user likened the image to the toughest boss in FromSoftware’s action RPG Elden Ring and it’s not difficult to see why.

On Tuesday (May 14), the monarch stood alongside Queen Camilla and the artist, Jonathon Yeo, to pull down a massive drape which had covered the portrait for the reveal. The painting, his first as King since his coronation last year, depicts Charles in the crimson uniform of the Welsh Guards, but it is overlayed by further, plentiful strokes of red hues.

Yeo described his creation with the inclusion of the butterfly as a “symbol of metamorphosis and rebirth,” also intended to provide “a visual contrast to the military steeliness of the uniform and sword”.

A butterfly is prevalent on the King’s shoulder, but that is another detail only visible from close range in what is a complex, layered design. This is not a traditional royal portrait which is why it lends itself to the realms of gaming.

King Charles’s portrait reaches to Dark Souls III

Away from the pleasantries and the pageantry, the reaction from some in the gaming world was less than complimentary or flattering.

Another X user stated the portrait wouldn’t look out of place in Doom’s classic picture walls, while there was a different, recollection of Bethesda Softworks’ stealth action-adventure game Dishonored, with the King’s portrait stolen by Corvo, and worse.

Kotaku stated, ‘Most have noted the similarities to Elden Ring’s Volcano Hall, which similarly prominently displays a portrait of a creepy ruler. To be frank, the painting resembles the painting world of Ariandel from Dark Souls III, and looks like a gateway to DLC for FromSoftware’s games.” 

Image credit: Royal Family/X

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Graeme Hanna
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Graeme Hanna is a full-time, freelance writer with significant experience in online news as well as content writing. Since January 2021, he has contributed as a football and news writer for several mainstream UK titles including The Glasgow Times, Rangers Review, Manchester Evening News, MyLondon, Give Me Sport, and the Belfast News Letter. Graeme has worked across several briefs including news and feature writing in addition to other significant work experience in professional services. Now a contributing news writer at ReadWrite.com, he is involved with pitching relevant content for publication as well as writing engaging tech news stories.

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