Duchess Kate steps into her 40th year with stunning new birthday photos: look back on her year


Duchess Kate is welcoming her 40-year-old with a glamorous new photo shoot.

Kensington Palace released three new portraits on the evening of Kate’s 40th birthday taken by photographer Paolo Roversi at Q Gardens last November.

A sepia-colored photo depicts her wearing a full off-the-shoulder gown, with bows tied with ribbons on the back of each arm. Her hair is dressed in loose waves and Princess Diana’s famous sapphire engagement ring is visible on her left hand. She wears a white dress for a closeup.

In the third color portrait, Kate wears a bright red, a one-shoulder gown with pockets and a dramatic puffy sleeve, with dangling diamond earrings.

Kate thanked the public “Very Good Birthday Wishes” In a tweet on Sunday.

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Prince William, 39, and Kate are usually the most outgoing photos released by Kate to commemorate royal occasions.

Official social media accounts of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge note that Kate’s new portraits have entered the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Duchess has been a royal patron since 2012.

Pictures of Duchess Kate's new birthday were photographed at Q Gardens last November.

Kate has emerged as the “trusted” royal in the royal family, especially last year.

After Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s stormy departure to California in 2020, the death of Prince Philip last year and now sexually assaulting Prince Andrew, former Kate Middleton as a smiling mother remains in the public eye and can comfort a grieving parent. Wow the nation by playing the piano during a children’s homestay or television Christmas concert.

At a moment when the House of Windsor is facing more than its share of controversy, Prince William’s spouse has won accolades for his commitment to early education, art and music. The charitable organizations she supports tell of her willingness to be personally involved in her causes.

Some of Kate’s big moments in the past year are:

Duchess Kate's new portraits enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Duchess Kate, Prince William’s 10th Wedding Anniversary

William and Kate celebrated an important milestone in their relationship in 2021: 10 years of marriage on April 29.

The Duke and Duchess have shared two new photos of themselves, laughing and cuddling outside the Kensington Palace, as well as a new video of the couple playing outdoors with their children.

The Cambridgees, now the parents of three – Prince George, 8 and another future King, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3 – are now full-time royalty, taking on more responsibility to help their father, Prince Charles. Grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, 95, cut public engagements.

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The royal couple arrives on YouTube

With more than 13 million Instagram followers and 2 million Twitter followers, Will and Kate added more to the royal life with the public by joining another social media platform.

He has been involved with Will and Kate at many memorable royal events and over the years with a 25-second highlight reel video in May, joining YouTube with lively rock music in the background. Since then, the official Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has amassed two-thirds of a million followers.

Watch their first video: Prince William and Duchess Kate launched a YouTube channel

“Be careful what you say now because these guys, they’re filming everything,” William teased his wife in her first video. “I know!” Kate said with a laugh.

Kate meets first lady Jill Biden

The Duchess’s charity work has played a big role in recent times. What better way to give an example of its growing cause than a community engagement program involving the First Lady of the United States?

Cambridge First Lady Jill Biden and Duchess Kate – both of whom have taken up their cause – were seen together in June at a school in Cornwall in front of the royal family and at the G7 climate change summit.

Duchess Kate and First Lady Jill Biden of Cambridge during a visit to Connor Downs Academy during the G7 Summit in Cornwall on June 11, 2021.

“It’s a great honor to have you in the United Kingdom,” Kate said, thanking Biden for her interest in early education. “I’m very much looking forward to the conversation.”

The First Lady and the Duchess met with young students and held a roundtable discussion with teachers on how early childhood schooling can produce positive outcomes for children.

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Kate’s Christmas surprise

Kate impressed royal audiences by playing piano in the Scottish ballad “For Two Who Can’t Hear Here” by Scottish singer / songwriter Tom Walker for “Royal Carols: Together at Christmas”, a recorded holiday concert at Westminster Abbey.

While it’s no secret that Kate studied the instrument, a nationally televised show – inspired by loss and isolation during the epidemic – showed Kate’s new side and her more important role within the royal family.

Contributors: Maria Puente and Brian Truitt, and the Associated Press



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