Kate Middleton portrait

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Kate Middleton and Prince William

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Kate Middleton's portrait debuted at the National Portrait Gallery two weeks ago and has seen a flurry of critique since. The artist Paul Emsley, who won the gallery's BP Portrait Award in 2007, has now responded to the mixed reviews on the painting's likeness to the Duchess.

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He reflected: "Now I've had time to reflect, I am still happy with it and am getting on with my life. There is nothing I would have changed."

The portrait artist added: "I believe half the problem is that the portrait doesn't photograph well and I would encourage people to go and see it."

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Indeed, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge were the first to view the picture hung in the gallery and gave it rave reviews. Mum-to-be Kate, described it as "amazing", while her husband said it was "absolutely beautiful."

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