Kate Middleton’s first official portrait was unveiled today at London’s National Portrait Gallery and the reviews weren’t as positive as expected. South African artist Paul Emsley was asked to paint The Duchess of Cambridge as her natural self and sat with the painter twice for the portrait who thought Middleton was a “very warm person.” Many sources though have found that the portrait doesn’t really do the princess justice with art critic Waldemar Janiuszczak noted that it made her “look older than she is and her eyes don’t sparkle in the way that they do.” On the other hand, Middleton was thrilled with the painting even though there was some debate about her smile in the picture. “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,” Emsley said. “That is really who she is.
Regardless of the reviews, everyone agrees that the royal looks beautiful in real life as the princess glowed at the unveiling wearing in a maroon dress from Whistles. It is an older piece from the high street retailer that she wore during an official trip to Denmark in 2011, so don’t expect to find it in the racks!