We Are Totally Creeped Out By A New Portrait Of The Danish Royal Family

Megan Willett

This new portrait of the Danish royal family to celebrate the 150th anniversary of The House Glücksburg is absolutely horrifying.

"The present and future monarchs, H.M. the Queen, T.R.H. the Crown Prince and Prince Christian, all make eye contact with us, while their family members are portrayed in their own universe, unprovoked by the gaze of the spectator," the Danish Royal Collections museum explains on its website. "The children are at play with the exception of the upright and severe Prince Christian who seems aware of his future responsibilities."

"Severe" is right:

Of course, this is not the first royal portrait to draw ire in recent years: A similar controversy erupted over English painter Paul Emsley's soft-focus oil painting of Kate Middleton in 2012. The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge currently hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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