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The Duke of Cambridge waas also ful of praise for the portrait.
Prince William said:: "It's beautiful, it's absolutely beautiful."
The Cambridges later attended a private breakfast reception at the London gallery to mark the unveiling.
The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled today. The Duchess and her husband the Duke had a private viewing of the painting this morning.
It goes on display to the public this afternoon. The royal couple spent around 10 minutes looking at the portrait privately then met Emsley and his wife Susanne and daughter Marie.
The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge's has been unveiled.
The Duchess is reported to have said the painting was "amazing".
It was painted by Paul Emsley and was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.