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Kate ‘entering new phase of royal life’ as royal fans gush over ‘Queen-like’ looks

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Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge celebrated a “low-key” birthday by releasing a trio of “Queen-like” portraits to mark her turning 40. The photoshoot showed her polished and glamorous side as she enters “a new decade and a new phase” of her royal life, commentator Rachel Bowie noted. Ms Bowie pointed out the Duchess wore Princess Diana’s Collingwood pearl drop earrings in her “black and white” pictures while she borrowed Queen’s set of diamond earrings to match with her red dress.

The Royally Obsessed host said: “I think the side shot with the white dress was definitely my favourite, I think what really took me aback by all the images but particularly that one was just how “Queen-like” Kate looks.

“It doesn’t feel that, like she is turning 40, she is entering a new decade, a new phase of her Royal life.

“And I feel like she is polished and glamorous and she is not totally filtered if that makes sense.”

She added: “Yes, there’s almost a portrait quality for sure but there is also a realness and you feel her age which is a great thing. I think that was really nicely done, that was my favourite, just off-the-shoulder, the ribbons, the sort of detail.

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“The subtle bow if you see them, there is beautiful Ghazi bows and these dresses which were reportedly all picked and selected by Sarah Burton.

“She obviously designed her wedding dress, all Alexander McQueen. The shoulder one, in particular, is sustainably made so it was mainly using the materials that already existed from other dresses.

And we know that she was wearing Princess Diana’s Collingwood pearl drop earrings in the two black and white shots, and then the red dress shot she is wearing the Queen’s diamond earrings.”

The Duchess reportedly took ideas for the poses and style of her images from the works of mid-century artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Sir David Coyle Burne-Jones.  

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The trio of photographs was snapped by fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, who has worked with celebrities like Kate Moss, Saoirse Ronan, Kristen Stewart, and Rihanna. 

Kate has studied art in Florence and is very fond of photography as she wrote her thesis on Lewis Caroll’s photographic interpretation of childhood. 

She prepared a mood board to suit her choices of portraits which were a reflection of Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who became the Princess of Wales and Queen Consort to King Edward VII.

Mr Roversi made her “dance” to get that natural look with minimalistic make-up and no hairstyle.


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He said: “The focal point of Kate’s face is her gaze and smile. I didn’t want her too Lady Duchess, too establishment, but purer and more contemporary as possible, even more timeless.”

Mr Roversi continued: “I did the first skimming, a dozen of his favorites, then we got to 3 of my favorites and one of his, the official photo is both mine, but also his favorite. But Kate was less determined than me in the last choice. 

“Designer Sarah Burton chose the dresses: only one was red, the others neutral. 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.” 

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