Saturday Market: Catherine, HRH Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley postcards

The Duchess of Cambridge At The National Gallery

images left to right: justjared; National Portrait Gallery

I just found out that the first official portrait of Duchess Catherine has been completed and the postcards are up for sale.  Ok, so I’m about 7 months late – but in my world that’s close enough for headline news!  I have to say though, I don’t really care for it.  I’m sure it’s a beautiful painting.  However in the tradition of portraiture, in banishing the flaws of the model, I don’t think this one does Kate justice.  I think she looks aged and tired – a look that I would expect from a new mother, not from one who is only a few months pregnant.  Perhaps it’s the tight lipped smirk instead of the big toothy smile we are all used to.  What do you think?

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