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Kate Middleton's official portrait has made its long-anticipated debut. Painted by Glasgow-born artist Paul Emsley, the portrait was unveiled at an event at London's National Portray Gallery on Jan. 11.
We're used to seeing the Duchess sporting a wide smile as she greets the public with charm and animiation. But this portrait shows a more subdued side of Middleton. Emsley reportedly spent three and a half months painting the portrait based on photos he took during two sittings last May and June.
"I thought it was brilliant," Middleton said after seeing the portrait at the reception, People reports. Her husband, Prince William, also approved of the painting, calling it "absolutely beautiful."
In our opinion, Middleton is much more beautiful in real life than she is seen in this picture. She looks a little tired and a little bemused -- and the 31-year-old mom-to-be looks about a decade older than she does in real life. But Emsley explained her appearance by saying he wanted to show the side of Middleton that the public doesn't get to see.
"[I wanted] to convey her natural self as opposed to her official self," he said. "I was always aware of the fact that we would use the hair very much as a kind of a frame for the face, and not too much jewelry apart from the earring, to try to create something of her natural warmth, her natural serenity without too much busyness in the portrait."
Emsley continued, "If you are working with someone whose face is just a lovely face, it's harder to find something in the portrait that gives it some sort of gravitas. In this case I've tried to do that with the smile and the dimples and the shadows around the face."
It may not be the most flattering, but it's definitely a work of art. And if Kate likes it, then that's all that matters!