Happy birthday Kate!

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Photographer. Paolo Roversi. Photo credit: Kensington Palace.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, took to Twitter to issue a personal message on her 40th birthday.

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born to Carole and Michael Middleton at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on 9 January 1982.

On this her 40th birthday, Kate thanked her followers for their ‘very kind birthday wishes.’ She also thanked one of her patronages, the National Portrait Gallery and photographer Paolo Roversi who took a series of pictures released to mark her 40th birthday. 

Kate signed off her tweet with her initial, a ‘C’.

The tweet also included one of the three photographs released on Saturday evening by Kensington Palace. 

Photographer Paolo Roversi took the timeless portraits in November at Kew Gardens. 

Speaking about the experience, he said meeting and working with Kate was a “true honour.” 

He added:

“I was moved by her 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.” 

The three portraits will be included in the National Gallery’s permanent collection and take part in a ‘Coming Home’ exhibition, which will see several art pieces shown across the country in areas meaningful to the subjects portrayed. 

Kate’s three portraits will be shown in Berkshire – where her parents Michael and Carole live, St Andrews – where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met and attended university and Anglesey – where the Cambridges first lived as a married couple. 

Kate is believed to be spending her milestone birthday privately with her loved ones. 

Happy 40th birthday Kate!

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