The photographs will be displayed in three locations that carry special meaning to the Duchess of Cambridge.
Words by Omid Scobie
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A birthday to remember! Ahead of Duchess Kate’s 40th birthday tomorrow, Kensington Palace have released three new portraits of the duchess to mark the special occasion.
The photographs were taken in November last year at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, a venue the Duchess of Cambridge had recently visited on a royal engagement with Prince William.
Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi—best-known for his soft, monochromatic images of women and dramatic use of light and shadows—traveled from his Paris base to shoot the duchess. Three different frames from their session were then selected to enter the permanent collection of Britain’s National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate has been the royal patron since 2012.
For one of the images, Kate wore a pair of antique diamond earrings on loan from the Queen and posed in a custom red off-the-shoulder dress by Alexander McQueen with an asymmetrical draped sleeve and pocket detailing. Despite the dramatic dress, the duchess appears relaxed and at ease as she smiled for Roversi’s camera.
In a traditional side-profile image, this one black-and-white, the duchess wore in a white chiffon gown with a ruffled sleeve and bodice, paired with diamond and pearl drop earrings which belonged to Princess Diana.