Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been forever captured in an official Royal Family portrait.
Unveiled today (Friday, January 11, 2013) by Britain’s National Portrait Gallery, the portrait’s creator is Scottish-born artist Paul Emsley, and Kate is said to love the painting. “Absolutely brilliant,” is how she described it. Emsley said Middleton was a joy to have as a subject.
“The Duchess explained that she would like to be portrayed naturally – her natural self – as opposed to her official self. She struck me as enormously open and generous and a very warm person. After initially feeling it was going to be an unsmiling portrait I think it was the right choice in the end to have her smiling – that is really who she is.”
The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge took three and a half months to complete.
Paul Emsley talks about meeting Kate and making the painting come to life: