Kate Middleton turns 40 with a photo shoot for a London gallery – just months after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did their first magazine cover shoot.
The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the milestone with the release of three paintings by Paolo Roversi, taken to a permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery, where she is a patron.
Kate wore a gown by fashion house Alexander McQueen’s own wedding dress designer Sarah Burton as she posed at Kew Gardens in London in November.
The Duchess wrote on her official Twitter account: “Thank you to Paolo and the National Portrait Gallery for all of your birthday wishes and for these three special pictures. c [Catherine],
Four months ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their own photo shoot time100 List of most influential people of 2021.
This was her first magazine cover shoot and she dressed in contrasting colors for photographer Pari Dukovic, with Harry in black and Meghan in white.
The couple was seen posing in the woodland in a different image in which both were dressed in green outfits.
A statement on the couple’s Archwell website at the time read: “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are humbled not only to be part of this year’s TIME100 through the words of friend and partner Jose Andres, but Would also like to write in praise of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela for his annual list of the publication’s most influential people.”
The images were posted on their website with the message: “Each of us can change our communities. We can all change the world.”
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Kate’s images will become part of a permanent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2023, but only after that they will be displayed for the first time in three locations close to her heart.
They are in Berkshire, where the Middleton family lives, St Andrews, where she met Prince William at university, and Anglesey, an island off the Welsh coast where the couple lived for three years until 2013.
A spokesperson said: “Before the gallery reopens in 2023, photographs will be shown as part of its Coming Home project, a nationwide initiative in which portraits of well-known individuals are sent , to which they are closely related.
“The project has enabled travel to towns and cities across the UK from the National Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, giving communities the opportunity to view locally renowned works.
“The new images of The Duchess will be displayed at three locations during 2022, which have a special meaning for Her Royal Highness: Berkshire, St Andrews and Anglesey. Each image will be shown as part of Where and When Cummings, Details on this Home Project will be announced by the National Portrait Gallery in due course.”