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Kate Middleton's Portrait: 'That Is Really Who She Is'

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KMids painted via Vogue UK

Kate Middleton is headed to Britain's National Portrait Gallery thanks to the painting to the right by Paul Emsley. As he describes the smiling portrait in the video after the jump, "The Duchess explained that she would like to be portrayed naturally—her natural self—as opposed to her official self [...] 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."

That's a good choice for sure (as was the decision to focus on her consta-perfect hair), but doesn't the portrait make the newly minted 31-year-old look kind of, er, old? Whelp, thank goodness there are approximately one zillion photographs documenting her bona fide spring chicken-tude.

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