Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has done something rather surprising – and taken part in a cover and photo shoot with Vogue for its 100th birthday.
On the front cover image for June’s issue of British Vogue, Catherine wears a brown suede jacket and hat as she looks into the camera.
Kate was photographed by Josh Olins in the Norfolk countryside for the front cover of the magazine, something most British Royals avoid doing. The 10 page shoot, consisting of eight photographs, was part of a collaboration between Vogue and the National Portrait Gallery to mark its centenary in production.
More images appear inside the magazine, including the mother-of-two leaning on a fence in a black and red striped knit-jumper.
“British Vogue has given a platform to some of the most renowned photographers in this country’s history,” a spokesman for the Duchess said.
“The Duchess is incredibly grateful to the team at British Vogue and the for asking her to take part,” the spokesman continued.
The Duchess has also agreed for two images from the shoot to be installed within the Vogue 100 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Catherine, 34, is patron of the gallery and and she will visit the exhibition on 4th May to see the images. They will be there until 22nd May.
“It’s a huge honour and incredibly exciting for us to have HRH The Duchess of Cambridge featuring on the cover of BritishVogue and as part of our centenary issue,” Vogue’s editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman said.
“For me personally it has been a wonderful experience to have had the opportunity to work with her on this, and I am immensely proud of what we have produced.
“This special issue of the magazine is very close to my heart as it had to reflect on 100 years of British Vogue, and so I am hugely grateful that we have been able to continue with our tradition of outstanding Royal portraiture with these pictures.”
“Josh has captured the Duchess exactly as she is – full of life, with a great sense of humour, thoughtful and intelligent, and in fact, very beautiful,” said Nicholas Cullinan, director of the NPG.
“Not only do they reflect her love of the countryside, interest in photography and championing of the National Portrait Gallery as our very committed patron, but they also encapsulate what Vogue has always done so brilliantly – to pair the best photographers with the great personalities of the day, in order to reflect broader shifts in culture and society. We had fun in making and choosing these images, and I hope that comes across.”