Kate Middleton ‘danced’ for ‘secret picture’ during birthday photography, reveals photographer

Kate Middleton ‘danced to waltz mixed with rock’ n roll ‘during her 40th birthday photography, her photographer has revealed.

To mark Kate’s 40th birthday yesterday, Kensington Palace released three portraits revealing pages of the Duchess of Cambridge, rarely seen by the public. The photos were taken by Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi in Kew Gardens.

A Palace source said: ‘From the three photographs you can see the three aspects of Kate’s personality. There’s the royal side to her – as you can see in the classic shot, where she looks into the distance; there is the more informal image in the red dress as a modern woman of 40; and then there is the close-up, which provides a more intimate perspective. ‘

And when he spoke to Corriere.it, Paolo revealed how he had taken 250 photos during the filming, with Prince William, 39, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis choosing their favorite photo to be released.

Kate Middleton 'danced to waltz mixed with rock'n roll' to a 'secret picture' during her 40th birthday photo shoot, her photographer has revealed

Kate Middleton ‘danced to waltz mixed with rock’n roll’ to a ‘secret picture’ during her 40th birthday photo shoot, her photographer has revealed

He explained how the family had chosen the black-and-white image where Kate is facing the camera, calling it ‘a carefree girl returning’.

Meanwhile, the photographer explained how he first met Kate in November last year at Kensington Palace for tea, but she was originally ‘apprehensive. ‘

He explained: ‘When she knew my pictures with the models, she was a little scared to face a real session, which then required about four hours of work. But once she started, it would be very easy, I reassured her. ‘

Paolo also revealed how during the photo shoot in Kew Gardens he had asked Kate to ‘dance’ after the camera to get the perfect picture.

Paolo revealed how he had taken 250 photos during the filming, with Prince William, 39, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis choosing their favorite photo to be released.

Paolo revealed how he had taken 250 photos during the filming, with Prince William, 39, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis choosing their favorite photo to be released.

After the photo shoot in Kew Gardens, Paolo was able to narrow down the photos for s eventy before Kate chose a dozen of her favorites

After the photo shoot in Kew Gardens, Paolo was able to narrow down the photos for s eventy before Kate chose a dozen of her favorites

He explained: ‘Eventually I wanted to take pictures in motion, so with the wonderfully wide skirt I made her dance in front of my camera, a kind of accelerated waltz mixed with a pinch of rock’n’roll.

“And that’s a secret picture for now.”

After the photo shoot in Kew Gardens, Paolo was able to narrow down the images to pevent before Kate picked a dozen of her favorites.

The final photos were then chosen by Kate and Paolo with a helping hand from William and Cambridge’s children.

The photographer explained how he had first met Kate in November last year at Kensington Palace for tea, but she was originally

The photographer explained how he had first met Kate in November last year at Kensington Palace for tea, but she was initially “worried”

In the black-and-white photos, Kate wears Princess Diana’s Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings, while in the side portrait, her engagement ring, which also formerly belonged to Prince William’s deceased mother, is prominent.

In the eye-catching color image, Kate looks into the camera, her hand resting elegantly in the pocket of a one-shoulder red dress, while her hair waves over her shoulder

As in all the photos, her jewelry is limited to just one pair of earrings – in this case diamonds borrowed from the Queen’s private collection – so her expression is in focus.

The dresses are all by Alexander McQueen, the same design house who created Kate’s wedding dress in 2011.

The images are to be added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, for which the Duchess – herself an avid photographer – is the patron.

They will join other photographs of Kate, such as Mario Testino’s engagement portrait with William and her 2016 photo shoot for Vogue magazine.

The images will be added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, for which the Duchess - herself an avid photographer - is the patron

The images will be added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, for which the Duchess – herself an avid photographer – is the patron

Kate’s photographer, Mr. Roversi, is better known for its high fashion and celebrity work. His previous awards include photographing a topless Kate Moss, campaigns for designers Dior and Yves Saint Laurent and transforming the Pirelli calendar from snobby bikini photos to a more artistic product.

The Italian has said of his approach: ‘My photography is more subtraction than addition.

“We all have a kind of expression mask. You say goodbye, you smile, you’re scared. I try to take all these stitches away and gradually pull off until you have something clean left. ‘

The Paris-based photographer was overwhelming last night in his praise of the Duchess, describing the royal photo shoot ‘a true honor’ and ‘a moment of pure joy’.

He said: ‘I was touched by her warm and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes that reflected the beauty of her soul and her smile that showed the generosity of her heart. I have met a wonderful human being, a human being who, with his positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world. ‘

The Duchess chose Mr Roversi, 74, in consultation with the National Portrait Gallery.

The pictures are also part of a roaming Coming Home exhibition this year, where portraits of celebrities will be shown in their hometowns.

Kate’s photographs will be displayed in Berkshire, where her parents live, St. Andrews, where she met Prince William as a student, and Anglesey, North Wales, where the couple spent the first years of their married lives.

A palace source said it was fitting that Kate’s portrait would be part of the exhibition, as the Duchess “largely sees her role as bringing the nation and communities together”.

The palace said Kate would spend her birthday yesterday ‘privately’, while it is believed there could be a larger joint party coinciding with Williams’ 40th birthday in June.

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