One for the royal collection! By appointment, talented Briton who sketched ... trends now
As he returns from Kenya, King Charles will bring home a host of memories – and thanks to his patronage of a talented artist, some will be immortalised on canvas.
Royal tour artist Phillip Butah, 42, was offered the chance to capture the sights of the state visit for posterity with just one proviso: One of the paintings must be given to the Royal Collection.
His role was created when Charles was Prince of Wales to offer an up-and-coming talent the opportunity to travel with him. He even pays for their costs personally.
However, this is the first time he has been able to take someone away as King, and his choice of Mr Butah reveals a remarkable untold story.
The two met when Mr Butah was 14 after his teacher at St Bonaventure's School in Forest Gate, east London, secretly entered him into Young Artists' Britain: The Prince of Wales's Young Artists' Award.
Phillip Butah previously painted the then Prince Charles in 2009. The finished pictures have never been publicly exhibited, but one can be seen here for the first time