The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the unveiling of her official portrait Friday at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Attending the event were her parents and sibling, the former Kate Middleton was more than pleased with the results of her two sittings with painter Paul Emsley, a Glasgow-born, South African-raised artist.
Still looking trim in a burgundy Whistles dress, with virtually no evidence of her pregnancy apparent, Kate had this to say about Emsley's efforts, "I thought it was brilliant." Prince William was also pleased and told the artist that the rendering is "absolutely beautiful."
Photographs were taken in May and June at a studio in Bradford-upon-Avon in southwest England and at Kensington Palace. The actual work was completed over a period of sixteen weeks with a goal of capturing her natural self rather than her business persona.
The artist remarked, "If you are working with someone whose face is just a lovely face, it's harder to find something in the portrait that gives it some sort of gravitas. In this case I've tried to do that with the smile and the dimples and the shadows around the face."
We've included a video of the artist during the actual painting process:
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