Kate releases three striking photos to mark her 40th birthday

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 40th birthday by posting three portraits showing the sophisticated glamor of the future queen.

Kate was pictured in three relaxed poses, in various Alexander McQueen dresses and with flowing hair.

Acclaimed fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, famous for collaborating with industry stars such as Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, described the Duchess’s photography as “a moment of pure joy” and said her “positive energy” could “bring hope to the whole world” .

The Duchess is celebrating her 40th birthday on Sunday and the event is likely to be a private family affair at the Cambridge home in Norfolk.

The birthday heralds the start of an important decade for the monarchy and the future queen, who will stand by William as events unfold, watch her young family grow up and pursue her own charitable interests.

Roversi said: “The portrait of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge has been a true honor and a moment of pure joy for me.

“I was touched by her warmth and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes, which reflected the loveliness of her soul, and her smile, which shows the generosity of her heart.

“For me it was a deep and rich experience, an unforgettable moment. I got to know a wonderful person who can bring hope to the whole world with his positive energy. “

In one picture, Kate is wearing a flashy red McQueen dress, earrings borrowed from the Queen and is beaming into the camera as she seems to have her hands casually in the pockets of the dress.

Roversi is known for its adventurous film and printing techniques and the rest of the images were produced in monochrome, which gives them an ethereal quality.

In one, a head-and-shoulders picture, the Duchess smiles broadly and on the other, with her engagement ring prominently on display, Kate is shown in profile and expressionlessly looking to the left.

One of three new photographic portraits released by Kensington Palace of the Duchess of Cambridge, who will celebrate her 40th birthday on Sunday

She is wearing earrings belonging to Diana, Princess of Wales in both photos.

Before her birthday, the Duchess was commended for her “vision and commitment” in setting up her Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood to promote child development.

Kate’s work of exploring a child’s formative years is the cornerstone of her public life and has been highlighted by a senior figure in one of the country’s premier mental health charities for children and adolescents.

Michael Samuel, chairman of the board of trustees of the Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families, said Kate had shown “passion and compassion” in her role as patron of the organization.

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