This Saturday, Kensington Palace published three new photos of the Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate her 40th birthday.
Paolo Roversi, a photographer based in London, captured the images at London’s Kew Gardens in November. In a classic chiffon gown, Kate appears in a black-and-white photo with a retro feel. Her diamond and pearl drop earrings, which belonged to Princess Diana, are on full display in her side-profile posture.
Among the heirlooms on exhibit is the famous sapphire engagement ring that belonged to both she and her late mother-in law. And in place of her typical bouncy blowout, she went with more sophisticated curls.
One-shoulder crimson satin dress with dramatic sleeve and pockets is the look of choice for the beaming princess in a second photo. Queen Elizabeth’s diamond earrings were the finishing touch on her outfit.
Kate’s hair is thrown over her shoulders in yet another one-shoulder dress in a third picture.
The portraits will become part of the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, which Kate supports. Portraits of famous people will be transported to the places where they have ties before the Portrait Gallery reopens in 2023 as part of the Coming Home project, a statewide endeavour.
The new images of the Duchess of Cambridge will be projected in Berkshire, St. Andrews, and Anglesey during the course of 2022.
Carole and Michael Middleton, Kate’s parents, still live in Bucklebury, Berkshire, where Kate was born and raised.
The University of St. Andrews, where Kate and Prince William met as undergraduates in 2002, is a significant location for both of them.
After their royal wedding in 2011, the pair moved to Anglesey, which is where they currently reside. In Anglesey, Wales, William and Kate slept in a remote hamlet, where he was training for the Royal Air Force. In 2013, they joined Prince George at Kensington Palace.
This island has been our first home together and will always be an enormously special place for us both, William stated during the Anglesey Show in 2013.
Kate Middleton is often the one behind the camera, taking pictures of her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, whom she shares with Prince William and their family. On their yearly Christmas letter, the royal couple recently revealed a fresh snapshot of their family.
In the midst of a nationwide uptick in COVID-19 cases, the mother of three will celebrate her birthday alone. At Anmer Hall, their country house in Norfolk, her husband and children threw her a birthday tea party last year to mark her 39th birthday.
A royal insider told PEOPLE just days before Kate turned 40 that she was “flourishing.” In my opinion, she’s truly blossomed.
At a time when Queen Elizabeth has cancelled engagements because of health issues, and when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to step down as senior royal workers, Kate Middleton is stepping up her preparations for her role as future queen consort alongside William, taking on more royal duties.
For the first time ever, Kate hosted a Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey in honour of those who have supported their communities throughout the pandemic of COVID-19. She also demonstrated her piano skills.
In addition, Kate has found herself in a new family situation. All three of the couple’s children are now out of the toddler years, thanks to Prince Louis’ departure for nursery school at the age of three.
Maria Turrion Borrallo, the nanny for Princes George, 8; Charlotte, 6; and Louis, 2, is a huge assistance, but Kate is still heavily involved in their lives.
PEOPLE’s coverage on the Royals has you drooling. Get the latest news on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and the rest of the Royal Family by subscribing to our free newsletter!
“She manages everything at home, including the kids’ routines,” a friend says of Kate. In every aspect of their daily lives, she is a major player.
As time goes on, she’s getting “more and more spectacular,” says a source within the royal family. “She’s a woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it done.”