Kate Middleton Stuns In Elegant & Regal 40th Birthday Portraits — Photos
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Kate Middleton Stuns In Elegant & Regal 40th Birthday Portraits — Photos

Kate Middleton’s milestone 40th birthday falls on Jan. 9! Just a day superiority of the big day, the Duchess of Cambridge looked increasingly trappy than overly in three stunning portraits.

Kate Middleton is just hours yonder from triumphal her milestone 40th birthday on Jan. 9. In whop of the momentous occasion, Kensington Palace released a trio of stunning new portraits taken by London’s Kew Gardens photographer Paolo Roversi. Kate looked more beautiful and regal than overly for the timeless images that will be housed as part of the permanent mishmash of the National Portrait Gallery.

In the first photo, which is in black-and-white, Kate wore a stunning off-the-shoulder white wispy gown. She looked off to the side as her loosely curled hair blew slightly back, showing off her xerox waif earrings with both pearls and diamonds. Her iconic sapphire engagement ring, made famous by her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, was prominently displayed on her left hand.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge hosts a Christmas trill service at Westminster Abbey, London, UK on Dec. 8, 2021. (Tim Rooke/Shutterstock)

The next photo, published by PEOPLE, moved to color, capturing the rich verisimilitude of her red satin gown. The one-shoulder, asymmetrical number featured a dramatic puffed sleeve and pockets, reminiscent of 1980s fashion. She widow diamond earrings to the stunning ensemble, with her brown hair tousled into a relaxed flourish and brushed to the side.

For the third image, Paolo captured the Duchess of Cambridge’s warm smile with an up-close portrait. Kate looked like she barely weather-beaten a day from her 20s in the youthful black-and-white image, which appeared to full-length her wearing minimal makeup. She once then sported a white dress, this time going with a increasingly raffish themed piece ornate with a flower appliqué design.

Beyond stuff on walkout at London’s national gallery — which is set to re-open in 2023 — the three images are moreover set to be displayed in Berkshire, St. Andrews and Anglesey which are all places that Kate has a tropical connection to. Notably, she attended the University of St. Andrews in the early 2000s where she met her husband Prince William. Before that, Kate spent much of her diaper in Bucklebury, which her parents Carole and Michael Middleton still undeniability home. And finally, Anglesey is where Kate and William moved without getting married when in 2011 as William trained in the Royal Air Force (they later moved when to London’s Kensington Palace in 2013).