Kate Middleton at 40 as you’ve never seen her before: Future queen stars in powerful new photos

Kensington Palace has released three powerful new images of the Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Kate, who reaches the finish line on Sunday 9 January, looks like the future queen in all respects, wearing minimal makeup with her hair styled with side curls. In the images, model three amazing dresses designed by Alexander McQueen.

In one shot, the Duchess smiles at the camera wearing a one-shoulder red dress with a puffed sleeve. And in a sweet tribute to the queen, she wears Her Majesty’s diamond earrings, in which she has been portrayed on multiple occasions over the years.

Two more black and white shots show Kate wearing her late mother-in-law Diana, the Princess of Wales pearl drop earrings. They were originally a wedding gift for Diana from Collingwood Jewelers, the family jewelers of the Spencer family, and Kate was first spotted wearing them at the Spanish state banquet in 2017.



Kate Middleton looks every inch the future queen in the new photos, released on the occasion of her 40th birthday



Kaye held Diana close to her heart while wearing her pearl drop earrings, a gift from Collingwood Jewelers
Kate held Diana close to her heart while wearing her pearl drop earrings, a gift from Collingwood Jewelers

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A close-up shot of Kate shows her in a white dress with a ruffled shoulder, while a third is a side profile photo of the Duchess, this time in a flowing white dress.

Royal expert Jennie Bond says so OK! that while the photos of Kate – who shares children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, with her husband Prince William, 39 – are not what we usually see, they perfectly reflect her role in the royal family .

“This is a milestone in anyone’s life, even more so in a woman’s life, and maybe it’s time to do something a little different,” she says. “Kate has always been the queen of casual shots, she has made her mark, but maybe on occasions like this she will take on a more formal role.

“Being queen is not a casual affair, so gradually we will see her, on occasions like this, be a little more official.”



New stunning photos of Kate show what the Duchess of Cambridge has "left its mark"says royal expert Jenny Bond
Stunning new photos of Kate show the Duchess of Cambridge “made her mark,” says royal expert Jenny Bond



Kate on her wedding day
The Duchess loved to wear a pink blush on her cheeks



Kate also wore a pair of Queen's earrings, last worn by the monarch in 2013
Kate also wore a pair of Queen’s earrings, last worn by the monarch in 2013



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On the choice of Kate’s outfit, Jennie adds: “It is very broad in its style, but on such an important occasion, why not go back to the house that made one of the most beautiful wedding dresses for royal brides in recent years? She is, like Diana, the perfect model to take away these haute couture dresses ”.

Jennie also notes that Kate’s style shows that she has “grown confidently” over the years. He continues: “I think, understandably, she played very safe in her early royal years and I don’t think she’ll ever be super bold or dressed extravagantly and sexy, but she has elegance down to a T.

“He’s becoming an absolute star in quality, design and the way he wears clothes like this. What we’re seeing now is the star of the show coming out with great confidence and justifiable pride in how beautiful she is.



The style of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has evolved over the years
The style of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has evolved over the years

And adds the nod to Diana in the images, “William has always said that with the milestones in his life and in the life of his wife, they want to include Diana. This is another sign of inclusion of the mother-in-law he has never met ”.

Kate’s portraits were shot at Kew Gardens in November by famed fashion photographer Paolo Roversi and will enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery – of which Kate is a patron – when it reopens in 2023.

Paul says: “It was a real honor for me to paint the portrait of Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, and a moment of pure joy.

“I was moved by her warmth and her friendly welcome and enchanted by her luminous eyes which reflected the beauty of her soul and her smile which showed the generosity of her heart.”



Kate will always include Diana in her life's milestones
Kate will always include Diana in her life’s milestones

He adds: “For me it was a profound and rich experience, an unforgettable moment. I met a wonderful person, a person who, with his positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world ”.

The images are also part of the gallery’s Coming Home project this year, which is a national initiative that sees portraits of famous people sent to places they are closely associated with.

Kate’s shots will be displayed in three places that have special significance to her: Berkshire, St Andrews and Anglesey.

Now, as Kate enters a new decade, she is preparing for the future of the monarchy – and Jennie says she has it all when it comes to stepping forward alongside her husband William.



Kate, mother of three "has it all when it comes to stepping up alongside her husband William"says expert Jennie
Mom-of-three Kate “has it all when it comes to stepping up alongside her husband William,” says expert Jennie

“She has grown into her role and now feels like an expectant queen. She knows this is her role and that she’s enjoying it, ”says Jennie.

“She ticked all the boxes: motherhood, successful career as a real and immense beauty. And he didn’t say a single wrong word in what is a very difficult tightrope to tread: joining a well-established and important family like this one. It is very difficult to find your place and I think you are doing it in a fantastic way.

Jennie continues: “She really got her feet back. We will see a lot more of her next year. “



The Duchess of Cambridge, who is married to Prince William, has "he found his feet" in the Royal Family
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is married to Prince William, has “found her feet” in the royal family

Meanwhile, says dermatologist Dr. Aamna Adel OK! how Kate has “barely aged” over the past 10 years, despite having welcomed her three children and worked as a senior member of the royal family.

She says, “Kate really seems to take care of her skin and take care of herself in general. Part of having healthy skin comes from your lifestyle in general.

“I think there is not enough talk about skin in relation to beauty sleep, water and exercise. In fact, these are things that contribute to having a healthy and glowing complexion ”.

Dr Adel adds, “She’s aging so gracefully, she’s just so beautiful for her age.”

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