Kate Middleton's official royal portrait is revealed to mixed reviews

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The official painting by Paul Emsley is said to have pleased the Duchess...

Paul Emsey portrait of Kate Middleton

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Kate Middleton's first official portrait has been unveiled today.

The picture of the Duchess of Cambridge was painted by artist Paul Emsley.

Paul created the portrait using thin layers of various oils and glazes on canvas.

The Duchess Of Cambridge sat and posed for the artist on two separate occasions, once at his studio in May 2012 and a second time a month later at Kensington Palace.

He worked from a series of photographs to complete the image over several months.

She is seen wearing a navy blue shirt with a gorgeous pussy bow, diamond and sapphire earrings to match her engagement ring, with her famous brunette locks.

The portrait is on display at London's National Portrait Gallery, of which the Duchess is patron.

Speaking to BBC, Paul said, "I think it was the right choice in the end to have her smiling. That's really who she is, I think.

"Everyone, I think, recognises her partly through her lovely hair.

"I've altered the colour of the eyes slightly to match the colour of the blouse and the blue background."

He added: "I don't have lots of things in the background. I do like large faces, I find them strong and contemporary.

"I'm interested in the landscape of the face, the way in which light and shadow fall across the forms.

"That's really my subject matter. To have anything else in there is really just an interference."

Speaking at the unveiling of the portrait, Kate reportedly told the artist, "It's just amazing, I thought it was brilliant."

The image can be bought from the gallery shop as a single postcard for 70p, or as a set of six for £3.50.

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