May 1, 2016
Kate Middleton Featured On The Cover Of 'Vogue'

Kate Middleton, more formally known as Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, is featured on the cover of Vogue, according to The Telegraph. Prince William's wife, one of the most popular members of the British royal family, is on the cover to celebrate Vogue's 100th anniversary.

Josh Olins, internationally renowned fashion photographer, took the pictures of Princess Kate for a special collaboration between Vogue Magazine, now a century old, and the National Portrait Gallery, which was established in 1856. The exhibition is called "Vogue 100: A Century of Style."

Two of the pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge, one color, one black and white, will hang in the gallery. Eight pictures of the popular princess will appear in the June issue of Vogue. Kate is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery.

Josh Olins photographed the Duchess of Cambridge on the royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk in January. The outfits she wore, described as country chic, were chosen after careful discussions between Princess Kate, Vogue's editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, and Vogue's fashion director Lucinda Chambers.

Kate Middleton has had her picture in countless magazines and newspapers since she first started dating Prince William, the queen's grandson, in 2003. However, this is her first official magazine cover shoot.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn and Lady Carrickfergus (better known by her maiden name, Kate Middleton) is far from the first member of the royal family to grace the cover of Vogue. Her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, was on the cover of Vogue four times.

In addition to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother, Prince Charles, and the Duke of Windsor have all been photographed by Vogue. According to The Independent, Kate Middleton is the third senior member of the royal family to appear on a Vogue cover, after Princess Di and Princess Anne, her husband's aunt, since her mother-in-law's death.

The Vogue centenary issue will go on sale Thursday, May 5. The photo shoot, set in the English countryside of Norfolk, features Kate Middleton in "casual clothes rather than adopting a more formal approach," according to a statement from Vogue.

For her cover picture, the Duchess of Cambridge covered her brunette hair with a green felt hat. She wore a brown leather jacket over a white collared shirt. The coat and shirt were both by Burberry. The hat came from the London boutique Beyond Retro. Another picture on display in the National Portrait shows Kate wearing Burberry trousers and a Petit Bateau striped top. In both pictures, her hands are posed to show off her sapphire and diamonds engagement ring, which once belonged to her mother-in-law, Diana.

Vogue hired make-up artist Sally Branka to give the 34-year-old princess "a fresher, more youthful look," said The Telegraph, as well as "heavier eyebrows, a healthy peachiness and a softer line on the eyes." As usual, Kate Middleton achieved a look of casual, understated elegance.

"Vogue 100: A Century of Style" begins today, May 1, at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and will remain until May 22. Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, expressed his delight with Josh Olins' photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge.

"Josh has captured the Duchess exactly as she is – full of life, with a great sense of humor, thoughtful and intelligent, and in fact, very beautiful."
The "Kate Middleton effect," her habit of influencing trends in British fashion, is likely to benefit Burberry, Britain's biggest luxury fashion label. Newsweek estimated "The Kate Effect may be worth £1 billion to the U.K. fashion industry"

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary with her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, on April 29. Kate Middleton and her royal husband have two children, Prince George of Cambridge, who turns three in July, and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, who will celebrate her first birthday tomorrow.

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