Happy birthday, Kate Middleton! The Duchess of Cambridge turns the big 4-0 today and in her honour, Kensington Palace has released three gorgeous new portraits of the British royal to mark the occasion.
Lensed by fashion photographer Paolo Roversi in Kew Gardens last November, the portrait series is graceful, elegant and absolutely glamorous. The Duchess wears three different gowns by British fashion house Alexander McQueen (a Middleton favourite)—a striking, one-shouldered, red gown, and two ethereal white ones: one features trailing ribbons at the shoulders, while the other has airy tiers of ruffles—paired with jewellery loaned from the Queen and her late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales.
The three portraits will be added to the the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery, and will first go on display as “part of its Coming Home project, a nationwide initiative which sees portraits of well-known individuals being sent to locations which they are closely associated with,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.