THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE VIEWS HER FIRST FORMAL PORTRAIT AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, went to the National Portrait Gallery in London on January 11, 2013,  to attend a private viewing of a new portrait of Catherine, the first formal portrait to be painted of her.  While there, she met with the artist, Paul Elmsley.  The Duchess declared the large portrait, commissioned by the NPG, as “brilliant,” though professional critics were less enthusiastic about it.  Elmsely, who described Catherine as “an absolute delight to work with,” painted her wearing a high-necked dark green blouse and a pair of earrings.  For the visit to the NPG, Catherine wore a long-sleeved red dress.  Her immediate family also attended the event.  Photos by Getty Images and PA.

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The Duchess of Cambridge chats with the portrait painter, Paul Elmsley

The Duchess of Cambridge chats with the portrait painter, Paul Elmsley

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