Kate Middleton celebrates her 40th birthday with a gift: new dream portraits


Kate Middleton knows that it is better to give than to receive. So, for her 40th birthday, the Duchess of Cambridge and future Queen Consort gave us all a little something.

In November 2021, photographer Paolo roversi captured royally formidable portraits of Middleton at Kew Gardens, London Botanic Gardens, which, this writer can confirm, has one of the finest gift shops you have ever seen.

All three new images will soon join Britain’s permanent collection National portrait gallery (NPG), of which Middleton is a patron. The gallery is currently closed until 2023 for renovation, so until then the images will be shown in three locations which, according to a statement from Kensington Palace, “have special significance to His Royal Highness: Berkshire, St Andrews and Anglesey. “

The roadshow display of the images is part of a series called Go home, which the Gallery describes as “sending portraits of iconic individuals to places with which they are closely associated”. You can consult the photos and paintings of various notables (from Richard III to Malala Yousafzai) and where they traveled on the NPG website.

So let’s take a look at these new photos, already!

First up here is Kate with a windswept hairstyle, absolutely stunning in a red dress with pockets.

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This one uses shallow focus with great effect, capturing Kate with a huge winning smile.

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The finish exudes a timeless royal quality. Either that or it’s a prop from a wonderfully spooky horror movie. Tell me you don’t expect Kate to turn away from this profile pose, face the camera directly, and issue a supernatural warning!

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Parisian photographer Roversi was born in Ravenna, Italy. His first assignment was to cover poet Ezra Pound funeral in Venice for the Associated Press in 1970. He painted portraits of stars such as Rihanna, Emma watson, and Kristen stewart. His work can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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