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

(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.

A newly commissioned portrait of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, by artist Paul Emsley hangs at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
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)
Artist Paul Emsley poses by his first official portrait of Kate, duchess of Cambridge, on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Artist Paul Emsley poses by his first official portrait of Kate, duchess of Cambridge, on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
And here's the real thing.
And here's the real thing.   (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, file)
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