Unveiling of portrait at the Museum of National History

In connection with HRH The Crown Princess’s 50th birthday, a new portrait of Her Royal Highness was unveiled today at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerød.

Photo: Det Nationalhistoriske Museum, Stig Nørhald ©

The portrait was created by the resident, Spanish-born artist Jesús Herrera Martínez and was unveiled as part of the opening of the special exhibition “HRH Crown Princess Mary 1972 – 2022”. The exhibition came about in connection with The Crown Princess’s 50th birthday, and, in addition to The Crown Princess, HRH The Crown Prince as well as TRH Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine were present at the opening.

The portrait, which has been named “Crown Princess Mary” and is painted with oil on canvas, is staged in The Crown Princess’s study in the Crown Prince Couple’s home in Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg. The work relates the story of The Crown Princess by including elements from the study as well as fictive symbols that refer to Her Royal Highness’s Australian background – among other things, in the form of shadow play on the wall, where you can see a eucalyptus plant. A series of Jesús Herrera Martínez’s preliminary studies for the new portrait are displayed in an independent exhibition at the museum that opens during the winter school holiday.

In 2017, Jesús Herrera Martínez received first prize in the Museum of National History’s portrait competition “Portrait NOW!”.