King Charles being compared to Satan isn’t even the fieriest reaction his new portrait has evoked

King Charles being compared to Satan isn’t even the fieriest reaction his new portrait has evoked

It’s safe to say the new official portrait of King Charles III is turning heads. Time was a new Royal portrait would be a well-executed yet dull oil painting, destined to end up gathering dust on the walls of the National Gallery.

Well, Jonathan Yeo has bucked that trend with a truly eye-catching image that sees Charles’ head peering out of what appears to be a sea of blood, with the surreal addition of a Monarch butterfly to his shoulder. According to the artist the image is supposed to symbolize Charles’ metamorphosis from Prince to King while trying to bring a little magic back to the monarch.

But, if reactions online are anything to go by, the magic at work is dark and diabolical – and conspiracy theorists are going wild picking it apart in every conceivable way:

This is the first official painted portrait of King Charles III since his coronation.

They’re not even trying to be discreet with their messaging anymore. Red is the colour associated with danger, blood and Satan.

— Cillian (@CilComLFC) May 14, 2024

Adding some fuel to this fire is what appears to be the image of a goat-headed demon when you mirror the portrait. Coincidence, or secret Satanic message – you be the judge!

What do you notice about this portrait of King Charles?

This has not been edited in any way, other than mirroring the image and adjusting the contrast.

Symbolism will be their downfall. Think mirror.

What do you see here?

— Twin Tower City (@TwinTowerCity) May 15, 2024

And, digging a little deeper, the Monarch butterfly will be well-known to those aware of the CIA’s MK-ULTRA mind control program, which plays a central role in multiple conspiracy theories.

King Charles’s First portrait since the Coronation is unveiled:

Interestingly, the portrait features a Monarch Butterfly – a piece of Satanic Symbolism referring to Mind Control – coined after the CIA’s Mind Control experiment ‘Project Monarch’

What do you make of this?

— Robbie Parlane (@RParlane) May 14, 2024

Charles, Camilla, and even the late Queen Elizabeth II (who saw it as a work-in-progress before she died) are all said to have quite liked the painting, but we have to wonder if Yeo is having a bit of fun here. After all, this is an artist who lost out on a Presidential commission for the official portrait of George Bush Jr, and responded by doing an unofficial image in which Bush’s face was assembled from a collage of hardcore porn.

Whatever the case, opinion has well and truly been split down the middle, though not in the way you might expect. For example, figures on the extreme right have criticized this as “the ugliest thing I have ever seen“, only for their followers to disagree, amusingly because many of them genuinely believe the British Royal family is Satanic, making this an accurate portrait. Also, many of them just seem to like the image.

Whatever the case, we’re absolutely down for Yeo to scoop up some more high-profile commissions. If Donald Trump is looking for someone to produce an eye-catching portrait, we’re betting Yeo could push the boat out to give us something that goes beyond surreal and into real The Evil Dead territory.

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