Three new photos of the Duchess of Cambridge have been released to mark her 40th birthday on Sunday.
In the three portraits, taken at Kew Gardens in November, a relaxed-looking Kate wears different dresses by Alexander McQueen.
It is thought Kate will celebrate the milestone birthday with her family at their home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
Royal commentators say the Duchess’ birthday heralds the start of an important decade for the monarchy and the future queen, who will be at William’s side as events progress, watching her young family grow up and pursuing her own charitable interests.
The images of the Duchess were captured by celebrated fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, famed for working with industry stars like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, who described photographing the Duchess as “a moment of pure joy” and said with her “positive energy” she can “bring hope to the whole world”.
Mr Roversi said he was “moved” by Kate’s “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.
“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.”