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In honor of the magazine's 100th year in print, British Vogue has tapped the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, to cover its centenary edition. The June 2016 issue marks the first time she has ever posed for a magazine portrait, and she is also the most senior member of the royal family to appear on the cover of Vogue since Princess Diana's posthumous cover in 1997.
Instead of using one of the royals' go-to photographers, the magazine tapped fashion photog Josh Olins to conduct the shoot, which took place in January in the Norfolk, England countryside. A spokesperson for Kate told the Telegraph, "The Duchess had never taken part in a photography shoot like this before. She hopes that people appreciate the portraits with the sense of relaxed fun with which they were taken."
Kate reportedly had a hand in choosing her unusually casual wardrobe for the shoot, which includes pieces by Burberry and Petit Bateau. It's also the first time she's allowed a professional makeup artist to work with her before the shoot; Vogue tasked makeup artist Sally Branka with the job.
Though the entire 10-photo spread will be available to view in the June issue, along with the full outfit credits, three of the portraits were released today. Here's the full cover, in which she wears a Burberry coat and a vintage hat from London boutique Beyond Retro:
In one of the photos, she wears a black-and-red striped long sleeve t-shirt by Petit Bateau, blue Burberry trousers, and her signature Chelsea blowout:
Here's another photo from the shoot, in which she wears the same outfit as she does on the cover: