A JERICHO cocktail bar has updated its sign with a specially commissioned portrait of Prince William.

The Duke of Cambridge’s owner Julian Rosser decided on the Royal Wedding day that a new sign was needed, after The Queen announced the prince would inherit the historic title.

Now the new sign, designed by Wolvercote-based portrait painter Tom Croft, has been unveiled at the bar, which has been a fixture in Little Clarendon Street for 30 years.

Mr Rosser said: “It looks great, and we are already getting a lot of tourists stopping outside and taking pictures.”

The bar inherited the name from its past life as a pub, along with a sign bearing the face of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge from 1774 to 1850.

According to local rumour, a past landlord chose the name to put off drunken Oxford University revellers coming into the pub after Varsity matches against their historic rivals.

Mr Croft said he wanted to capture an “enigmatic and regal” expression on Prince William’s portrait.

He said: “We feel he looks as if he is considering weighty matters, such as whether to have Champagne or a gin and tonic.”

The oil painting on which the sign is based will be auctioned off for charity later in the year.