The first official Royal portrait of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled yesterday (January 11) and…honestly, it’s a bit (a lot?) of a hot mess. The polite phrasing is probably to say that the future Queen of England’s first portrait has drawn mixed reviews from Royalists and members of the press both in the UK and abroad, but if you ask me, it’s really a bit of a disaster all the way around.
While the portrait is incredibly lifelike, it is also pretty unflattering. It makes the Duchess look much, much (much) older than her 31 years, thanks to the bags under her eyes, dull complexion and preponderance of facial lines. It also displays none of her famed charm, none of charisma that has charmed the world nor the style that’s made her a fashion icon. It’s basically like looking in a fun house mirror, except we’re all supposed to take it seriously and not apparently laugh hysterically and look around for the camera crew that’s surely punking us. But, perhaps I’m overreacting. Click through and take a look for yourself, and share your opinions in the comments. Should the Duchess ask for a do-over? Or do you her portrait is lovely the way it is?