Following in the footsteps of Princess Diana (who covered Vogue four times) and many other royals, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has covered an issue of Vogue – British Vogue’s centenary issue to be exact.
The portraits are a collaboration between Kate’s Patronage, The National Portrait Gallery, and British Vogue to celebrate British Vogue’s 100th anniversary. The portraits were shot by British photographer Josh Olins in the Norfolk countryside. This is the first photo shoot Kate has ever consented to, and the portraits will appear in a 10-page spread in the June 2016 issue, out next Thursday, May 5.
The collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery means two images from the shoot are installed in the Gallery’s Vogue 100 exhibition. Kate will visit the NPG on May 4 to view the installation (this is on top of two other appearances she has that day).
The director of the NPG, Nicholas Cullinan, said:
“Josh has captured the Duchess exactly as she is – full of life, with a great sense of humour, thoughtful and intelligent, and in fact, very beautiful. Not only do they reflect her love of the countryside, interest in photography and championing of the National Portrait Gallery as our very committed patron, but they also encapsulate what Vogue has always done so brilliantly – to pair the best photographers with the great personalities of the day, in order to reflect broader shifts in culture and society. We had fun in making and choosing these images, and I hope that comes across.”
“very committed patron” – Hehehe. You’re too funny, Nicholas.
The photos were taken in January and Kate was “involved in selecting pieces for the shoot”. In two of the photos (including the cover), Kate is wearing a Burberry “Double-Breasted Suede Coat”, and in the other Kate is wearing a Petit Bateau “Women’s Striped T-Shirt”. Kate is also wearing Burberry pants and white shirt, and a vintage hat by Beyond Retro.
A spokesperson for Kate said:
“Since 1916, Vogue has been a leading champion of British portraiture. The Duchess was delighted to play a part in celebrating the centenary of an institution that has given a platform to some of the most renowned photographers in this country’s history. She is incredibly grateful to the team at Vogue and at the National Portrait Gallery for asking her to take part. She would like to thank Josh Olins for being such a pleasure to work with. The Duchess had never taken part in a photography shoot like this before. She hopes that people appreciate the portraits with the sense of relaxed fun with which they were taken.”
Not going to lie, I was pretty darn shocked when I saw these photos. I didn’t think we would ever see Kate pose for Vogue, and I was especially not expecting new portraits of Kate right now. I was expecting new portraits of Princess Charlotte since it’s her first birthday on Monday.
PS. Yes, I know the King of Sweden’s birthday celebrations took place, and I am going to cover them. But since this is a Kate blog, Kate comes first.