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OFFICIAL ROYAL PORTRAIT AGES KATE 20yrs

Friday January 11th, 2013
OFFICIAL ROYAL PORTRAIT AGES KATE 20 YEARS

The unveiling of the Duchess of Cambrige's first official portrait has caused gasps amongst her fans. The head and shoulders canvas commission by the National Portrait Gallery and painted by Paul Emsley is supposed to depict her natural persona. The Royal couple who had a private ten minute viewing priio to the portrait going public described it as 'amazing'.

The artist said, 'I think, from what I can see this morning, she's delighted with it. I'm very happy about that... I was delighted to get the commission and then after that it began to sink in to me how important this would be... A person whose image is so pervasive, for an artist it is really difficult to go beyond that and find something which is original - you have to rely on your technique and your artistic instincts to do that and I hope I've succeeded... In discussions it became clear that what she wanted herself, and I was very happy with that, was that the portrait should convey her natural self as opposed to her official self... In the sessions of photography from which I worked, I was always aware of the fact that we would use the hair very much as a kind of frame for the face, and not too much in the way of jewellery, other than the earring, to try to create something of her natural warmth, her natural serenity... The fact she is a beautiful woman is for an artist difficult. In the end I think what I tried to do really was to convey something about her warmth and her smile... Any artist will tell you doing a smiling portrait is not at all easy so that was difficult.'

In the meantime the internet has been flooded with comments from adoring fans saying that she looks too old and too miserable.

The royal couple left the gallery soon after the painting was unveiled to the press.
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