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Kate Middleton Unveils Baby Bump Official Portrait — And It's "Rotten"!

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Kate Middleton Official Portrait

Ugh, it's bad enough getting your driver's license picture taken…just imagine having a bad painting of yourself hanging for all to see!

And poor Kate Middleton might be in that exact situation.

Not exactly what you need when you're already dealing with a pregnancy.

Artist Paul Emsley didn't offend the expectant mother when he unveiled Kate’s official portrait at the National Portrait Gallery, but she might be alone with that.

Prince William, Kate and her family weren't commanding “off with his head” after seeing the artwork. Kate kindly commented:

“I thought it was brilliant.”

But not so quick there, future queen.

Art critics had the exact opposite reaction.

Daily Mail art critic Robin Simon was ready to start a feud with his opinion:

"Fortunately, the Duchess of Cambridge looks nothing like this in real life. I’m really sad to say this is a rotten portrait."

Ouch!

Maybe he was just bummed out Kate wasn't showing off her baby bump in her belted burgandy dress at the unveiling?

Despite the harsh words, Paul is standing by his work as he feels he overcame some obstacles in capturing her just right. He said:

“If you are working with someone who has whose face is just a lovely face, it's harder to find something in the portrait that gives it some sort of gravitas. In this case I've tried to do that with the smile and the dimples and the shadows around the face.”

We have to agree, it's not like the painting looks nothing like her.

Plus, it has to be hard making a painting as beautiful as the Duchess.

Maybe he'll do better with a painting of their baby next?

Because THAT we want to see!

[Image via Sang Tan/AP Images.]

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21 comments to “Kate Middleton Unveils Baby Bump Official Portrait — And It's "Rotten"!”

  1. 1DH8R says – reply to this


    1

    Awful, makes her look like she's about 50.



  2. 2

    She looks like a female Hobbit…



  3. 3

    Perez your writers got it wrong on this one, though Kate isn't a stunning beauty this portrait ages her and seems to accentuate flaws. It is by no means an ugly portrait but why so many wrinkles around her eyes and mouth and rounding her nose it looks like an age progression photo. Btw a portrait is the ultimate airbrush. I would expect her to be gracious though.



  4. 4

    I can't wait for the her baby to be born and it comes out BLACK; that should shake up the Wicked Witch of Buckingham Palace's depend adult diapers….



  5. 5

    It makes her look old and a little masculine. Not very flattering at all.



  6. 6

    The portrait makes her look like Brett Butler for that 90's tv show called Grace Under Fire



  7. 7

    Black Velvet I mean that's abit white trash don't you think?



  8. 8

    not a flattering potrait of her.



  9. 9

    Whoa. A little bit of a hard-eyed smirk going on?



  10. 10

    Kate Middleton is at her best when she full-on smiles, which she did NOT offer for this image. This portrait is actually pretty good; there's zero question of who it is, and the object of a portrait is to capture a likeness. This is what the artist did, and did well. If it's not flattering, that's too bad; Kate Middleton is cute, but not a beauty. The artist saw her for what she is, and the representation is largely accurate.



  11. 11

    Kate is a beautiful woman. She looks much older and worn for wear in the painting - why highlight bags and wrinkles under her eyes? Its a painting. You can give her face character, but why highlight unflattering features?



  12. 12

    Perez your writers got it wrong on this one, though Kate isn't a stunning beauty this portrait ages her and seems to accentuate flaws. It is by no means an ugly portrait but why so many wrinkles around her eyes and mouth and rounding her nose it looks like an age progression photo. Btw a portrait is the ultimate airbrush. I would expect her to be gracious though.



  13. 13

    This painting makes her looked like she aged 20 years. If I were Kate, I wouldn't even allow this



  14. 14

    Perez your writers got it wrong on this one, though Kate isn't a stunning beauty this portrait ages her and seems to accentuate flaws. It is by no means an ugly portrait but why so many wrinkles around her eyes and mouth and rounding her nose it looks like an age progression photo. Btw a portrait is the ultimate airbrush. I would expect her to be gracious though.



  15. 15

    I don't understand why she would smirk like that. It's not pretty. She could have done much better for a painting.



  16. 16

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  17. teeter totter says – reply to this


    17

    Sorry but this is not a good picture of her, she is much prettier and younger both on TV and on pictures I have seen on the Internet.
    Not sure what Poster #16 is trying to get across, so I did not flag this person as a spammer but leaving it up to the mods here. Thanks.

  18. Mrs. Momoa says – reply to this


    18

    What is the fuss about…? It looks just like her. Kate isn't the prettiest girl nor is her sister. I have always said that Kate and Pippa look old for their ages. I think it is an English thing.

  19. Waity Dung Beetle says – reply to this


    19

    It shows her real self…conniving,cold,steely-eyed manipulating b*tch

  20. Waity Dung Beetle says – reply to this


    20

    Re: Comments off C off – I'd expect her to be going nude,drunk or having someone die in her vicinity.

  21. Waity Dung Beetle says – reply to this


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    Re: RdRydngHd – Yes. Just like the real Waity Kate.