Duchess of Cambridge and British royal Kate’s three new portraits were released by the Kensington Palace on Saturday ahead of her 40th birthday on January 9, Sunday.
Clicked by Paolo Roversi, the renowned Italian fashion photographer, the portraits are set to go around the country later this year. It will later be inducted into the National Portrait Gallery– of which Kate is a patron– and will be added to the permanent collection.
Kate is seen flaunting her side a profile pose while wearing her sapphire engagement ring– carried forward from Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana– and a wedding-like white gown.
Only one of the three photographs released by the Kensington Palace has colour, which shows the Duchess of Cambridge in a red gown while the third one shows Kate wearing a frilly white top.
The palace further announced that the royal portraits were clicked at the botanical gardens in western London’s Kew in November 2021, according to reports from Reuters.
After Prince Harry and Meghan’s stormy departure to California in 2020, the death of Prince Philip last year, and now sex abuse allegations against Prince Andrew, the former Kate Middleton remains in the public eye as the smiling mother of three who can comfort grieving parents at a children’s hospice or wow the nation by playing piano during a televised Christmas concert.
At a moment when the House of Windsor is facing more than its share of controversy, Prince William’s spouse has won accolades for her commitment to early education, art and music. The charities she supports gush about her willingness to get personally involved in their causes.
“This is the woman who was the commoner who married into the royal family and who has not tripped up, not caused any embarrassment,’’ Katie Nicholl, author of “Kate: The Future Queen.”
(With AP inputs)