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Kate Middleton’s Official Portrait Sucks? (PHOTO)

The National Portrait Gallery commissions the first official painted portrait of The Duchess of Cambridge, where it was unveiled today in London, 2 days after Kate's 31st birthday

Kate Middleton’s first official portrait has been unveiled.

Artist Paul Emsley painted the image of the Duchess of Cambridge and is due to go on for show in London’s National Portrait Gallery.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Portrait By Paul Emsley Is Unveiled At The National Portrait Gallery


Kate and Williams had a chance to preview the portrait in a 10-minute private viewing. The couple are reportedly quite impressed with the painting. According to Telegraph, the duchess said “It’s just amazing, I thought it was brilliant.”

William also gave the painting a thumbs-up.

“It’s beautiful, it’s absolutely beautiful,” he said.

Emsley sat with Kate twice last year to discuss the painting. She instructed him that she wanted the image to depict her in a natural way.

Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seem to like the portrait, some have said the painting wasn’t a close depiction of Kate.

Robin Simon, editor of the British Art Journal, said: “Fortunately, the Duchess of Cambridge looks nothing like this in real life. I’m really sad to say that this is a rotten portrait.”

David Lee, former editor of Art Review magazine, said, “This is the most bland and predictable royal portrait in living memory.”

What do you think of the portrait? Is it really that bad?

 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Portrait By Paul Emsley Is Unveiled At The National Portrait Gallery

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  • Daniel

    Why do we care about this woman who milks the British welfare system?

  • Bolt

    Paul Emsley turns a sexy young woman into a pale, dour, shrew. John Singer Sargent is rolling in his grave.

  • Hussain

    I guess critics gotta criticize. I think it looks lovely.

  • Yoga Lee

    She has a sparkle in her eyes. She is beautiful, radiant, just a lovely women 😉

  • Gracia

    Well at least she’ll gray nicely. Right?

  • Clara

    I like the portrait. She has flair!

  • Adam Kimberlin

    Nice portrait!!