Stunning Portraits of Kate Middleton Release By The Royal Family

Dressed in Alexander McQueen creactions and wearing jewelry of Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton looks glamorous in her 40's.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released three striking new portraits of the Duchess of Cambridge for her 40th birthday.

The three photographs show "the three aspects of Kate's personality" usually hidden from the public and were taken by Italian photographer Paolo Reversi on Sunday at Kate Middleton's 40th birthday.

The Photographer Was Charmed By Kate Middleton

"These new portraits which have been released to mark the 40th will be shown in the community in three meaningful places: Berkshire, St Andrews, and Anglesey, as part of the  NPG London nationwide, ‘Coming Home’ exhibition, ahead of the Gallery reopening in 2023,"  the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced on their Twitter account.

Alexander McQueen Creations & Princess Diana's Earrings

Pictured in various Alexander McQueen dresses, Kate Middleton posed for fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, who worked with celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, and described the duchess's photo as "a moment of pure joy."

Roversi said the duchess could "bring hope to the whole world" with "her positive energy."

"I was moved by her warmth and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes that reflected the loveliness of her soul and her smile showing the generosity of her heart. It was a profound and rich experience for me, an unforgettable moment. I have met a wonderful person, a person who, with her positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world," Roversi said for "The Guardian".

Kate Middleton Release
Source:   Duke's and Duchess's of Cambridge Twitter Account

In the only colorful image of the series, Kate wears an asymmetrical red McQueen dress with a shoulder with diamond earrings,  borrowed from the Queen's private collection. Her hair billows out in loose curls, while she has a casual pose with her hands in the pockets of her dress.
The other two photos are in monochrome.

Stunning Portraits of Kate Middleton
Source:  Duke's and Duchess's of Cambridge Twitter Account

In the black-and-white pictures, Kate wears Princess Diana's Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings.

Maybe the most interesting of the three photos is the side-on portrait which looks quite similar a portrait of the Queen's late sister Margaret taken by Cecil Beaton in honor of the Princess's 19th birthday in 1949.

Stunning Portraits Kate Middleton Release Family
Source:  Duke's and Duchess's of Cambridge Twitter Account

In that image, Princess Margaret also wears an ethereal, cream-colored off-the-shoulder gown while for her 40's portrait Kate wears an off-the-shoulder gown.
As for jewelry, Kate Middleton chose earrings, which were once worn by Princess Diana, and her engagement ring, also previously belonging to her regretted mother-in-law.

The three new portraits launched by Kensington Palace were taken at Kew Gardens in November.

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