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Kate Middleton Is a Timeless Beauty in Alexander McQueen for Her 40th Birthday Shoot

The Duchess of Cambridge also wore jewelry from the collections of both Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth!
Kate Middleton Is a Timeless Beauty in Alexander McQueen for Her 40th Birthday Shoot
IMAGE Paolo Roversi via Instagram/nationalportraitgallery
The Duchess of Cambridge also wore jewelry from the collections of both Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth!

The Kensington Palace marked Kate Middleton's 40th birthday on January 9 with a series of exquisite portraits that captured the Duchess of Cambridge's timeless beauty. Lensed by Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, the shoot was held in London's Kew Gardens—also known as Royal Botanic Gardens—a sprawling site that houses diverse botanical collections. The Duchess wore three dresses by Alexander McQueen, and was adorned with jewelry from the collections of Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth.

LOOK: Kate Middleton's 40th Birthday Portrait Series  

1. The first photograph was stunningly reminiscent of Victorian-era portraits. Kate wore an ethereal off-shoulder dress with ribbon details, and pearl drop earrings that previously belonged to Princess Diana. 

kate middleton in alexander mcqueen for her 40th birthday portraits
PHOTO BY Paolo Roversi via Instagram/nationalportraitgallery
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2. She also wore a dramatic one-shoulder dress in vibrant red, and earrings from the collection of Queen Elizabeth. 

kate middleton in alexander mcqueen for her 40th birthday portraits
PHOTO BY Paolo Roversi via Instagram/nationalportraitgallery

3. Lastly, she wore a ruffled white frock with an asymmetrical neckline for her radiant closeup. 

kate middleton in alexander mcqueen for her 40th birthday portraits
PHOTO BY Paolo Roversi via Instagram/nationalportraitgallery
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The three portraits have been added to the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, which Kate has patronized since 2012. They will be shown in the Gallery's Coming Home project, where portraits of prominent individuals will be sent to "locations they are closely associated with." 

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