The Duchess of Cambridge recently released three official portraits marking her 40th birthday, one portrait of which we’ve come to find out was picked out by the Duke of Cambridge and their three little royals.
Italian photographer Paolo Roversi, the man behind the beautiful portraits, recently shared his experience with Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera photographing Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ stunning mother.
According to the newspaper, Prince William and the young royals picked out the sepia-toned close-up shot that shows Catherine smiling brightly at the camera, wearing a one-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress.
Describing the photo as “where a carefree girl returns,” this was the last of the three shared on social media, accompanied by a personal message from Kate.
Out of over 250 shots only these three were released to celebrate the milestone birthday, the photographer revealed during the interview that a secret shot of Kate dancing also exists among these.
Speaking on the secret photo Paolo said, “For the official portrait she wore the organza one, almost like a classical ballerina. In the end, I wanted to take pictures in motion, so with that wonderful wide skirt, I made her dance in front of my camera, a kind of accelerated waltz mixed with a pinch of rock‘n’roll. And it’s a secret image for now.”
The photo session took place back in November at Kew Gardens, Paolo says he tried to capture the royal mother of three using “only natural light.”
Continuing on to say, “Her with little make-up, no hairstyle, simple pearl earrings, a ring… The focal point of Kate’s face is her gaze and smile. I didn’t want her to lady duchess, too establishment, but purer and more contemporary as possible, even more timeless.”
Released by Kensington Palace, the three images now enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, one of the Duchess’ patronages.
The Gallery will reopen in 2023 and the images are said to be a part of the Coming Home project, a nationwide initiated seeing portraits of well-known individuals sent to locations closely associated with them, Kate’s portraits will be displayed at Berkshire, St Andrews and Anglesey.