Kates birthday portrait shows her unfurling her wings as future Queen – expert

Kate Middleton releases photographs to mark 40th birthday

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 40th birthday today (January 9), and the milestone has been marked by three stunning new portraits of the future Queen. Celebrated fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, who has photographed supermodels including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, has taken three dazzling pictures of the Duchess dressed in Alexander McQueen creations.

As one of the Royal Family’s most popular members, Kate has frequently been praised for her dedication to her royal role.

Kate is a champion of causes relating to mental health, addiction and the early years, and she frequently appears publicly to show her support for charities.

The Duchess has been part of the Royal Family for more than a decade, but it appears Kate has only grown in confidence over the years under the royal spotlight.

Kate’s 40th birthday portraits are distinctly different from her previous birthday pictures, demonstrating Kate is “embracing her future destiny”, according to body language expert Judi James.

Ms James explained: “Kate’s 40th birthday portraits show a final unfurling of her wings in terms of her role as future Queen.

“Previous birthday portraits and photos have shown Kate in different life roles as mother, wife and working member of the royal Firm, but at last we can see her fully acknowledging and embracing her future destiny in what are her only truly stand-alone birthday portraits to date.”

According to the body language expert, Kate’s portraits show the Duchess is “finally happy and confident” in the royal spotlight.

Ms James added: “This launch of ‘brand Kate’ has been a long time coming, suggesting an ongoing sense of modesty and a desire to avoid stealing the spotlight.

“Incredibly this is almost the first time Kate has posed for her birthday with her eyes looking direct to camera.

“In some of her previous photos, she has adopted avoidance rituals, either looking away from the lens or being shot out and about on a royal visit.

“The photo in the red dress shows a woman finally happy and confident to look us straight in the eye and engage on a more personal and direct way.

“It suggests Kate finally ‘gets it’ that she is liked, admired and even loved by royal fans in her own right rather than just as a wife to William and mother to their three children.”

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In light of Kate’s future role as Queen, aspects of Kate’s 40th birthday portraits appear to pay tribute to previous royal photographs.

The portraits are reminiscent of the fashionable royal portraits of the Queen by Cecil Beaton in the earlier years of her reign.

And aspects of Kate’s black and white photograph echo the portraits of Queen Victoria in the 1800s.

The series of portraits to mark the Duchess’ birthday were taken at Kew Gardens in London.

Speaking about his photographs of the Duchess, Mr Roversi said: “Taking the portrait of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was a true honour for me and a moment of pure joy.

“I was moved by her warmth and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes that reflected the loveliness of her soul and her smile showing the generosity of her heart.

“It was a profound and rich experience for me, an unforgettable moment.

“I have met a wonderful person, a person who, with her positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world.”

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