Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge went to see her first official portrait, painted by artist Paul Emsley and now displayed at the National Portrait Gallery on January 11, 2013 in London, England.
To get a first glimpse of her first official portrait, Duchess Catherine wore a knee-length burgundy chiffon dress with long sleeves and V-neckline. She accessorized with a black clutch bag and black pumps, which matched the black band at her waist.
Hair now longer than ever on the former Kate Middleton, her bangs which she had gotten at the end of November, were swept to the side and barely visible. Dangling diamond earrings and a diamond pendant completed the outfit.
Kate’s husband, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, looked dapper in his black suit, white shirt and royal blue and white spotted tie.
The portrait shows the 31-year-old Duchess of Cambridge in a dark blue tie-front long-sleeved blouse, hair long and flowing, wearing demure makeup and pale pink lipstick. She also wears blue sapphire and diamond studs in her ears.
The tight-lipped smile does dot allow a glimpse at her lovely teeth and perhaps the wrinkles on her face are a little too well defined, making her appear perhaps a good five years older than her current 31 years. Otherwise, the portrait is well-rendered and candid in its perspective.
There is a twinkle in the Duchess’s eyes, even though Emsley might have painted her nose a little too broad and perhaps a bit misshapen…
Other reviews are not so flattering – the editor of the British Art Journal, Robin Simon, goes so far as to say that Duchess Kate’s first official portrait is “Ghastly ... rotten ... an out and out disaster.”
Duchess Catherine has gracefully responded: “I’m thrilled!”
Take a look at my slideshow to see the portrait and more importantly Catherine’s facial expressions and body language to see how she really feels about her new official portrait…