First ‘Official’ Kate Portrait Gets Luke-Warm Reception

LONDON – The first ‘official’ portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled in London — but not everyone has warmed to it immediately.

Many viewers of thekate692 brand new painting of Kate Middleton — unveiled Friday (Jan. 11) — say they feel it’s unflattering, making the Duchess look ‘matronly.’

The portrait features Kate’s flowing brunette locks and a demure, closed-lip smile.  But the artist Paul Emsley also added bags and creases around her eyes, which to many make her look 10-15 years older than she is today.

Kate sat twice for the portrait, which took 3 1/2 months to create.

The portrait hangs at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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