Kate portrait sparks a right royal art critic row
THE Duchess of Cambridge's first official portrait (above) was unveiled yesterday to a mixed reception from art critics.
The portrait, created by award-winning artist Paul Emsley, portrays the duchess's informal side.
Kate's response to the work after seeing it privately with her husband the Duke of Cambridge was to say: "It's just amazing, I thought it was brilliant," while the Duke described it as "absolutely beautiful".
Richard Stone, Britain's most prolific royal portrait artist, said the work had captured Kate's evident warmth and approachability.
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But art critic Waldemar Januszczak, who writes for The Sunday Times, said he was "disappointed" by the portrait and that there was a lack of sparkle in Kate's eyes.