The Duchess of Cambridge is having a glitzy new photoshoot to celebrate her 40th birthday. The Kensington Palace Facebook page released three fresh images of Kate taken by Paolo Roversi at Kew Gardens last November the night before her 40th birthday.
Princess Diana is shown in a photograph that has been sepia-tinted. She wears a translucent off-the-shoulder dress, held together with ribbons at each arm. Her hair is worn in loose waves and Princess Diana’s famous sapphire engagement ring can be seen on her left hand.
In the third color portrait, the gown is a crimson one-shouldered dress with pockets and a sprightly poufy sleeve, complemented with dangling diamond earrings.’Christmas may be difficult for those who have lost a loved one’: Queen Elizabeth II pays tribute to Prince Philip in her first speech of the season without him.’
The images are a departure from the more laid-back photographs that have traditionally been released by Prince William, 39, and Kate to commemorate significant Royal Family events. Last April, the pair marked their tenth wedding anniversary with informal pictures showing them dressed in similar blue outfits and embracing outside Kensington Palace.
The royal family’s primary social media sites confirm that the new pictures of Kate will go into the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, with the duchess serving as a royal patron since 2012.
The photographs will be included in the “Coming Home” project of the gallery’s “Homecoming” series, which shows shots of individuals sent to locations they are closely linked with. Kate’s photos will be exhibited in three places where she has spent time: Berkshire, where she grew up; St. Andrews, where she attended university and met William;
During the holidays, the star wowed royal spectators when she played piano to accompany Scottish singer/songwriter Tom Walker on his holiday ballad “For Those Who Can’t Be Here” for “Royal Carols: Together at Christmas,” a holiday concert recorded at Westminster Abbey.