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Prince William & Kate Middleton: Royal Portrait Pals

Posted Friday January 11, 2013 10:28 AM GMT

Kicking off their day with a swanky event, Prince William and Kate Middleton showed up at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England this morning (January 11).

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in the house for the official unveiling of a new portrait of Kate that was painted by artist Paul Emsley.

And while there has been widespread criticism of the painting, Middleton is said to be a big fan of how things turned out. She told press, 'I thought it was brilliant. It's just amazing. Absolutely brilliant.”

Of his creative process, Emsley explained, “The Duchess explained to me 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.”

Enjoy the pictures of Kate Middleton and Prince William at the National Portrait Gallery in London (January 11).

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