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Charles jokes about ‘slight worry’ when unveiling a portrait

Northern Ireland artist Gareth Reid chuckled as the heir to the throne teased him before unveiling a new painting at Hillsborough Castle.

The Prince of Wales unveils a new portrait of himself (Liam McBurney/PA)
The Prince of Wales unveils a new portrait of himself (Liam McBurney/PA)

The Prince of Wales teased an artist that he always has a “slight worry” before unveiling portraits of himself.

The moment came as Charles took part in a series of engagements with the Duchess of Cornwall at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.

The couple finished the day at the royal family’s official residence in the region, which has undergone a £24 million refurbishment by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, with the unveiling of a new portrait of the heir to the throne.

Charles and Camilla were introduced to local artist Gareth Reid and his family before the big reveal.

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The new portrait of Charles (Liam McBurney/PA)

The prince asked the family whether they were proud of him, and chuckled when they responded: “You haven’t seen it (the portrait) yet.”

Charles said he had had a “tiny glimpse” of an unfinished version, before joking: “There is always that slight worry when you pull the curtain down,” to laughter from Mr Reid and his family.

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Artist Gareth Reid with the portrait (Liam McBurney/PA)

After revealing the new painting, which depicts him sitting in a relaxed pose in a garden scene, the prince flashed a warm smile at Mr Reid before stepping back for a better look.

He nodded with approval as Camilla stepped closer also nodding, and said “well done”.

The new portrait was commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces for Hillsborough Castle ahead of the official public reopening on April 18.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales takes a walk during the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cornwall arrives at the Clore Learning Centre at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 9, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales lends a hand to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: A plaque unveiled by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales delighted by the sight of a red squirrel during the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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