Award-winning artist Paul Emsley created the head and shoulders painting of the duchess set against his trademark dark background.
Kate’s painting was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and, following her suggestion, depicts her in a natural, not official or staged post.
Kate was this morning joined by her husband Prince William for a private viewing of the painting before it goes on display to the public.
The royal couple spent around 10 minutes looking at the portrait privately, and then met Emsley and his wife Susanne and daughter Marie.
Kate, who wore a burgundy Whistles dress by for the viewing, has been suffering from a rare form of severe morning sickness but she looked well and smiled as she chatted to the artist. She told him of the portrait,
“It’s just amazing, I thought it was brilliant.”
Prince William also seemed thrilled, saying,
“It’s beautiful, it’s absolutely beautiful.”
Prince William and Kate later attended a private breakfast reception at the London gallery to mark the unveiling with her parents Carole and Michael Middleton and her sister Pippa and brother James.
Kate, who has a history of art degree, told artist Emsley how pleased she was with the painting and he passed on the praise to the dozens of photographers at the unveiling,
“I think, from what I can see this morning, she’s delighted with it. I’m very happy about that.”
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