Duchess Kate Gets First Official Portrait
It's hanging in London's National Portrait Gallery
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2013 9:29 AM CST
A newly commissioned portrait of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, by artist Paul Emsley hangs at the National Portrait Gallery in London.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

(Newser) – Kate Middleton not only turned 31 week, she got to see her first official painted portrait, reports Today.com. Artist Paul Emsley says he depicted Kate smiling because she wanted to be portrayed as her "natural self," not her "official self." The duchess of Cambridge, for her part, thinks it's "absolutely brilliant." It now hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery. Click to read about her birthday party, or about the potential princess she's carrying.

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Jan 31, 2013 8:20 PM CST
"Natural beauty" to be sure. This is a portrait of a real person, not the collagen-injected air-brushed and enhanced models from those glossy pandering magazines. (and I'm sure you critics can paint better and are gorgeous too)
Jan 12, 2013 7:52 AM CST
I wonder if that's what she really looks like once the doors are closed and she's washed all her makeup off.
Jan 12, 2013 2:48 AM CST
Terrible portrait of a beautiful lady. She looks like she's smirking, not smiling.