Today the National Portrait Gallery released a photograph of the painting of Kate by artist Paul Emsley.
Kate was able to sit for Emsley twice, once at Kensington Palace and then again at his studio. Emsley revealed that Kate wanted to be portrayed naturally. In a video accompanying the portrait, he said:
“The Duchess explained that she would like to be portrayed naturally – her natural self – as opposed to her official self. She struck me as enormously open and generous and a very warm person. After initially feeling it was going to be an unsmiling portrait I think it was the right choice in the end to have her smiling – that is really who she is.”
You can watch the video below, or click here to see the portrait on the NPG website.
The blouse Kate wore for her portrait painting:
As you can see in the original photographs shown in the video above, Kate wore a silky blue blouse with distinctive short sleeves and a pussy bow neck tie for her portrait painting. It’s widely assumed that Kate is wearing the French Connection “silky tie” blouse (right) –
If you’re in the USA, the blouse has been re-released by French Connection under the name “Katherine Plains”. It costs $98.00 and is available to pre-order in sizes 0-10.
Use the code AWFINAL to get free ground shipping (and it might be worth ordering two blouses to see which size fits you best – I have the blouse and it runs big!)
For those in the UK, the blouse is only available to pre-order in a UK16 in navy at £29.50. It was available in a size 10 earlier today, but has since sold out in that size – so keep your eyes peeled – you might just get lucky. The blouse is available in a white ‘antique lace’ colour in all sizes for £46.00.
Don’t forget French Connection offer free UK shipping if you spend over £75 and free returns too, so it might be worth ordering two blouses to see which size fits you best. It runs large.
With thanks to Repli-Kate It for the ID on the blouse!
About the portrait & the National Portrait Gallery:
The picture was commissioned for the national portrait gallery by Sir Hugh Leggatt in memory of Sir Denis Mahon through the Art Fund.
Kate is a patron of the National Portait Gallery and her first official solo engagement was the opening of the Lucian Freud Portraits back in February 2012.