The Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 40th birthday today, January 9. To mark this milestone birthday, Kensington Palace released three brand new portraits of Kate taken by photographer Paolo Roversi.
These three portraits will be part of the permanent collection in the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate has been patron since 2012, and will be displayed in Berkshire, Anglesey, and St. Andrews. This is part of the NPG’s UK-wide Coming Home project, which sees portraits of public figures on display in places with which they are closely associated.
These portraits were taken last November at Kew Gardens. Kate is wearing Alexander McQueen gowns, along with Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl Drop Earrings and The Queen’s Diamond Pendant Earrings.
Roversi said of working with Kate:
Taking the portrait of Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, was a true honour for me, and a moment of pure joy. I was moved by her warmth and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes that reflected the loveliness of her soul and her smile showing the generosity of her heart. It was a profound and rich experience for me, an unforgettable moment. I have met a wonderful person, a person who, with her positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world.Hello
I’m quite happy we got official, glamorous portraits of Kate for her 40th birthday. These were the types of images I was hoping for when she posed for Vogue and didn’t receive. We’ve never really gotten any glamorous, “royal” portraits from Kate so these are nice to see.
My favorite is the one above, with the side profile. It just looks so regal and classic. According to Hello, Kate and Roversi were pulling inspiration from 19th century photography, and it shows in this portrait. I love it.