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PHOTOS: The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton Celebrates Her 40th Birthday

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The 40-year-old Queen-in-waiting looks ethereal and timeless in the elegant portraits released to mark her birthday today

The Duchess of Cambridge has thanked supporters who have wished her a happy birthday.

Kate, who turns 40 today, took to Twitter to personally thank everyone who had sent her messages on her birthday.

It is rare for the duchess and her husband William to personally write their own tweets from the @KensingtonRoyal twitter page – with only one recent example of the duke telling the England football team they ‘can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves’.

Posting on the website, the duchess wrote: ‘Thank you for all of your very kind birthday wishes.’

She also thanked Paolo Roversi and the National Portrait Gallery following the release of three portraits of her to mark her 40th year.

The Duchess of Cambridge has thanked supporters who have wished her a happy birthday

Kate, who turns 40 today, took to Twitter to personally thank everyone who had sent her messages on her birthday

The duchess added: ‘And to Paolo and the National Portrait Gallery for these three special portraits.’

She signed the tweet off, ‘C,’ for Catherine.

Members of the Royal family, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, also publicly sent their best wishes to the duchess.

A tweet sent from the Clarence House twitter account said: ‘Wishing the Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!’

Mr Roversi – a celebrated fashion photographer – took the pictures which will be shown in the community in Berkshire, St Andrews and Anglesey – all meaningful locations to the future queen – as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Coming Home’ exhibition ahead of its reopening next year.

Photographing the duchess was a ‘moment of pure joy’, Mr Roversi said.

He added: ‘I was moved by her warmth and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes that reflected the loveliness of her soul and her smile showing the generosity of her heart.

Kensington Palace has released three striking new portraits of Kate to celebrate her landmark birthday, taken by Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi in Kew Gardens. In the images, she wears dresses by Alexander McQueen

‘It was a profound and rich experience for me, an unforgettable moment. I have met a wonderful person, a person who, with her positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world.’

Kate picked the 74-year-old photographer herself and it was revealed the pair had several videos calls to get to know each other before meeting for Kate’s close up in Kew Gardens.

Roversi, who is based in Paris, has carved a name for himself in the fashion world, having worked for Vanity Fai as well as American and Italian Vogue and countless designers, from Dior to Comme Des Garcons, Cerruti, Valentino and Saint Laurent.

A Palace source said: ‘From the three photographs, you can see the three aspects of Kate’s personality.

‘There is the regal side to her – as you can see in the classic shot where she is looking off into the distance; there is the more informal image in the red dress as a modern woman at 40; and then there is the close-up, which offers a more intimate perspective.’

 

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