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New Kate Middleton portrait released ahead of Duchess 40th birthday

The palace released a portrait of Kate Middleton ahead of the Duchess’ 40th birthday.

The portrait is one of three that will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery, according to the publication.

In the colorless portrait, the Duchess of Cambridge sits wearing an off-the-shoulder gown with knots tied on each shoulder. Her hair stands out from her face and is curly.

“Delighted to share a new portrait of the Duchess before her 40th birthday tomorrow,” read the caption.

The palace released a new portrait of Kate Middleton ahead of the Duchess’ 40th birthday.
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“This is one of three new portraits that will enter the permanent collection of the @nationalportraitgallery, of which the Duchess is the godmother.”

Middleton turns 40 on January 9.

The daughter of an air hostess and a flight dispatcher, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born in Reading, England on January 9, 1982, and raised with a younger sister, Pippa, and a younger brother, James.

The portrait is one of three that will be added to the National Portrait Gallery.

The portrait is one of three that will be added to the National Portrait Gallery.
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Middleton and Prince William tied the knot in 2011 after a long relationship. Tabloids nicknamed her “Waity Katie” for her patience during their courtship display

“She was the woman who was the commoner who got married into the royal family and who didn’t stumble, didn’t cause embarrassment,” Katie Nicholl, author of “Kate: The Future Queen.” “It hasn’t been an easy year, and yet Kate seems to be a bit of a beacon in it all. ”

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Middleton shares three children with Prince William;  Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.

Middleton shares three children with Prince William; Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.
(Photo by Mark Cuthbert / UK Press via Getty Images)

Middleton and William share three children together; Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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