Revealed: See the 1st Portrait of Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton Official Painting


The first official painting of the Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled.

It was painted by the artist Paul Emsley and took several months using a technique of building thin layers of oil and glazes on canvas.

The duchess sat for the artist twice. Mr Emsley also worked from a series of photographs he took of Catherine.

The portrait is going on show at London’s National Portrait Gallery, which commissioned the work. The duchess is the gallery’s patron.

Mr Emsley was chosen to paint the portrait by the gallery’s director, Sandy Nairne. Catherine, who studied history of art at St Andrews University, was also involved in the selection process.

The duchess, 31, whose pregnancy was announced by the Royal Family last month, sat for the artist in May 2012 at his studio, and again in June at Kensington Palace.

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