Kate Middleton Official Royal Portrait: Revealed!

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The Duke and the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge had an art outing Friday - for the unveiling of Kate Middleton's official portrait at the National Portrait Gallery!

Her reaction to her portrait? "I thought it was brilliant," Middleton, who showed no sign of a baby bump in a burgundy Whistles dress, said at the reception.

Do you agree? Check it out below:

Kate Middleton Portrait

She also thanked artist Paul Emsley, a Scottish-born, South African-raised painter, while Prince William pronounced the work "absolutely beautiful."

Diplomatic as always.

Personally, if you compare the artwork to almost ANY Kate Middleton photos, the official portrait is not particularly flattering in our humble opinion.

Kate is just gorgeous, by any measure. Yet here, she looks like her mind is elsewhere ... somewhere between bored, unimpressed and exhausted.

Still, it's cool that she was given one at all!

Kate sat for Emsley in two sittings last May and June, both at his studio in Bradford-upon-Avon, southwest England, and at Kensington Palace.

Working from photos he took, he spent more than three months creating a portrait of Kate "to convey her natural self as opposed to her official self."

"I was always aware of the fact that we would use the hair very much as a kind of a frame for the face, and not too much jewelry apart from the earring."

He said his goal in creating the portrait was to "try to create something of natural warmth, natural serenity without too much busyness in the portrait."

"If you are working with someone who has whose face is just a lovely face, it's harder to find something in the portrait that gives it some sort of gravitas."

"In this case I've tried to do that with the smile and the dimples and the shadows."

Thoughts? Did he succeed in doing the Duchess' beauty, class and grace justice?

Fun fact: The painting happens to be located in the same gallery as a rendering of a naked David Beckham (which will soon be moved elsewhere).

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Christine-anderson

Awful awful awful. Kate is a beautiful, vibrate, YOUNG woman and this portrait ages her by at least 30 years! Her nose looks huge, her hair looks gray and dull, her skin tone is ashen. What were they THINKING?!?! Do over!!!

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HER RACIAL HERITAGE PROFILE IS THAT SHE IS 85 PERCENT ARAB SEMITE ; 15 PERCENT WHITE EURO/ ARYAN .. IF THAT .. FOR THE IGNORANT : TE LONG NARROW FACE ; HOOKY NOSE ; DARK HAIR ECT.

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@ LOLLY POPS

THAT'S ON TARGET , POPS !!!! THERE ARE "WHITE" PEOPLE WALKING AROUND THAT DON'T KNOW THEY ARE MOSTLY A-RABS . !!!! HEY THINK A HOOKED NOSE , DARK HAIR , SMALL BRAIN , IS JUST A RANDOM EVENT !! HOOO HOOO HOOH OOH OH . RUDE AWAKENING IS COMING.

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Seriously? This woman has a gorgeous smile and he chooses this expression? Not to mention that he made her eyes unequal, which detracts from their beauty. I say wipe the canvas clean and try again!

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Futuristic - as in that's how she would look like 30 years from now.

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Well, there is a resemblance, but she must have been having an off day when they took the photos that this picture is based on. She looks a lot more radiant in 95% of the photos I've seen of her.

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She looks 55 in that portrait. She has wrinkles under her eyes and jowls. Not a good resemblance at all. Fire the painter and find someone who can do the job ffs.

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@ Kellie

send me one bottle

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@ Kellie

...and btw, Prince William either has really bad taste or he was too nice to be honest.

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How drab and gray, surely they will have another one done.... her eyes look dead. The guy must have real "talent" to make such a pretty girl look so washed out.

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I think that the painter needs lessons! This depicts an OLD version of the princess....she is much more beautiful than this.

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A young Mona Lisa? Not a good picture of her.

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I dpn't like it...it makes her look way older...doesn't capture her beauty and her true nature...don't like what they did to her eyes...look tired...far from good...