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.
2. She also wore a dramatic one-shoulder dress in vibrant red, and earrings from the collection of Queen Elizabeth.
3. Lastly, she wore a ruffled white frock with an asymmetrical neckline for her radiant closeup.
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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