Duchess views new portrait

The Duchess of Cambridge's first official portrait was unveiled today - and was described by Kate as "amazing".

New portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess visited her new portrait at the National Portrait Gallery this morning Credit: National Portrait Gallery

Critics haven't been kind about the new portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge, though she described it as "amazing".

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Duchess visits new portrait

The Duchess of Cambridge's first official portrait was unveiled today - and was described by Kate as "amazing".

Award-winning artist Paul Emsley created the large head and shoulders painting of the duchess set against his trademark dark background.

Kate's painting was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and, following her suggestion, depicts her natural, not official, persona.The Duchess, who wore a burgundy dress by Whistles, was given a private viewing of the painting before 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.Kate looked well and smiled as she chatted to the artist.She told him: "It's just amazing, I thought it was brilliant."

William also had high praise for the painting, saying: "It's beautiful, it's absolutely beautiful."The Cambridges later attended a private breakfast reception at the London gallery to mark the unveiling.

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