Three new portraits of Kate Middleton released for her 40th birthday

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Photo credit: Tim P. Whitby - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim P. Whitby - Getty Images

Kate Middleton's 40th birthday on Sunday, 9 January has been marked by the release of three stunning new portraits.

The intimate and elegant shots, taken by Italian photographer Paolo Reversi in Kew Gardens, show the Duchess of Cambridge looking effortlessly regal.

The black and white and colour photographs will enter the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is royal patron.

They will also be shown in the community in three meaningful places to Kate, Berkshire, St Andrews – where she and Prince William first met and fell in love – and Anglesey, as part of the National Portrait Gallery's nationwide ‘Coming Home’ exhibition.

In the photos, the duchess wears gowns designed by Alexander McQueen – the same design house which created the wedding dress she wore to marry Prince William in 2011.

Kate's hair is worn down with a natural wave, while her makeup is beautifully natural and her outfits accessorised with standout jewels of special significance, including her engagement ring and the late Princess Diana's Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings.

Two of the three photographs were shared with royal fans on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official Instagram account on Saturday evening (8 January) and on the morning of her birthday, and have quickly gained hundreds of thousands of likes and congratulatory messages from across the world. We cannot wait to see the third portrait.

Wishing the Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th today!

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