The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled today, Jan 11. According to a Jan. 11 BBC News report, the painting, which took several months to complete was painted by artist Paul Emsley. The duchess sat for Emsley twice; once in May 2012 at his studio and then again in June at Kensington Palace. Emsley also worked from photographs he took of her, reports the publication. The portrait will be displayed London's National Portrait Gallery.
The Telegraph also reported today, Jan. 11 that both Kate Middleton and Prince William viewed the photo earlier today and were very happy with the finished product. Middleton, who requested a natural portrait, rocked a burgundy dress by Whistles and reportedly smiled as she chatted to the artist and his wife Susanne and daughter Marie. She thanked Emsley, telling him, “it's just amazing, I thought it was brilliant.” Her Prince was just as enthralled, saying, “It's beautiful, it's absolutely beautiful.”
The photo is painted on a dark dark background with the duchess in a Windsor blue top with a tie neck that Emsley invented himself after she tried a variety of outfits for their sittings. The earrings, however are real and were once a favorite of Princess Diana. They were given to Middleton as a wedding gift from her groom.
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