It's rotten! Critics mock Kate Middleton's first official portrait

Royals hits London’s National Portrait Gallery to view controversial painting

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, alongside the Middleton clan, were out in force today for the viewing of Kate Middleton’s first official portrait.

The painting by Paul Emsley was unveiled this morning at the London’s National Portrait Gallery, but has already been widely panned by critics.

Kate Middleton portrait

Emsley is known for his ultra-realistic, almost photographic painting style and was chosen by the Duchess from a shortlist.

Pregnant, 31-year-old Kate called the work “brilliant,” although her praise seems to put her in a minority.

Robin Simon, editor of the British Art Journal and a Daily Mail art critic, said: “Fortunately, the Duchess of Cambridge looks nothing like this in real life.

“I’m really sad to say this is a rotten portrait.”

While The Daily Telegraph’s Mark Hudson called it an “aesthetic disaster”.

“If Kim Jong un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, had a portrait painted of himself in a similar idiom, we’d all be crowing from the rafters about the pitiful taste of foreign despots,” wrote Hudson.

But as we are not art critics here at we will refrain from commenting and will instead let you do the judging.


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