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Pretty in pink: Stylish Kate sees glamorous Vogue shots at National Portrait Gallery event

Май 5, 2016    
Pretty in pink: Stylish Kate sees glamorous Vogue shots at National Portrait Gallery event

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THE glamorous Duchess of Cambridge visited the National Portrait Gallery this evening to view her new Vogue cover shoot.

Crowds were delighted to snatch a glimpse of Kate as she arrived at the central London gallery today wearing the same pink Alexander McQueen dress as she wore on the Australia and New Zealand tour. 

The royal was visiting the gallery — where she has been a patron since 2012 — to view the latest photos taken of her for the June edition of British Vogue.

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Taken by British photographer Josh Olins, the snaps were part of the Vogue 100: A Century Of Style exhibition.

They have now gone on public view in the National Portrait Gallery — hung next to a picture of her father-in-law Prince Charles, with some of his beloved chickens.

Kate is shown looking casual and relaxed in the pictures, taken in the Norfolk countryside earlier this year and user for the cover of the magazine's 100th anniversary.

In a black-and-white close-up shot, the Duchess is wearing a black fedora hat and a charcoal brown double-breasted suede coat and white shirt, both from Burberry.

In another colour photo, she is leaning on a rustic gate, wearing a black and red striped long-sleeved top and black trousers.

Recalling the January shoot in a freezing field in Norfolk, she said: “It was such a lovely moment, a beautiful end to the day.

“It didn’t seem like January.”

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She added of the location: “We were very exposed up there as well.” 

Escorted by the gallery’s director Nicholas Cullinan and British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, it was the first time the Duchess had seen the two pictures of herself displayed in the gallery.

Mr Cullinan said afterwards he thought the Duchess was "very pleased" with the works.

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He also praised Olins, who had presented the Duchess with a bound collection of prints from their shoot, adding the photographer captured "something very fresh and very spontaneous and relaxed".

More than 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections are being shown together at the National Portrait Gallery for the first time, telling the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

As she was shown around the exhibition, Kate asked lots of questions and commented on the glamorous images — remarking one had "fantastic texture" and looked "almost casual".

Asked what Kate was talking about as they browsed the exhibition, Mr Cullinan said: "She's really knowledgeable.

"I mean this is not the first time I've met her, and what came across in my first meeting with her is that, obviously she studied art history and she has a real understanding of art history and especially photography, but also a real enthusiasm for it.

"She really is genuinely engaged and she was asking some very intelligent and engaged questions tonight as we went around.

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"It's always a joy to talk to someone when they really understand and have a love for a subject."

He said she asked "detailed" questions about the process, the technicalities, from taking an image to choosing how to print it and how to hang it.

Mr Cullinan added: "She definitely knows her stuff."

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