Cover Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the “Together at Christmas” community carol service on December 08, 2021 in London, England. (Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Shot by photographer Paolo Roversi, the new portraits are the Duchess of Cambridge’s most fashionable yet

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.

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The statement continued: “The new images of The Duchess will be displayed over the course of 2022 in three places which have a special meaning to Her Royal Highness: Berkshire, St Andrews and Anglesey. Details on where and when each portrait will be shown as part of the Coming Home project will be announced by the National Portrait Gallery in due course.”

According to reports, Berkshire is where the Duchess grew up, and is where the Middleton family still resides, while St Andrews is where she first met Prince William as a history of art student. Anglesey also holds special memories for the Duchess, as it was there where she and Prince William rented a cottage shortly after their wedding in 2011.

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The National Portrait Gallery is currently closed for renovations and will reopen in 2023, so it remains to be announced where the Duchess’s portraits will be displayed. In any case, if you’re a royal fan heading to London for a quick holiday, this is something you won’t want to miss.

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