Kate Middleton’s touching tribute to Diana and Queen in beautiful 40th birthday photos

Kensington Palace has released three powerful new images of the Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Kate, who hits the milestone on Sunday 9 January, looks every bit the future queen, wearing minimal make-up with her hair styled in side-swept curls.

And the beautiful mother-of-three pays a nod to Queen Elizabeth in the new photos, wearing Her Majesty’s diamond earrings, which she’s been pictured in on multiple occasions throughout the years.

Queen Elizabeth was last seen wearing the earrings in 2013 on Garter Day, and Kate has previously been seen wearing them and debuted them to a special state reception at Buckingham Palace in December 2016.

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They're thought to be of an old European cut typical of antique jewellery.

And Kate not only pays tribute to the Queen, but the late Princess Diana too in the beautiful new images.

Two other black and white snaps show Kate wearing her late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales’ pearl drop earrings.

They were originally a wedding gift to Diana from Collingwood Jewellers, the family jewellers of the Spencer family, and Kate was first spotted wearing them at the Spanish State Banquet in 2017.

Kate often pays tribute to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, with her fashion choices.

And the Duchess has worn many of Diana's famous pieces of jewellery passed won to her, including her iconic sapphire engagement ring, the Camrbridge Lover's Knot tiara and the three stand pearl bracelet.

The portraits of Kate for the 40th birthday were taken at Kew Gardens in November by famed fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, and they will enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery – of which Kate is patron – when it reopens in 2023.

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Paolo says: “Taking the portrait of Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, was a true honour for me, and a moment of pure joy.

“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.”

He adds: “It was a profound and rich experience for me, an unforgettable moment. I have met a wonderful person, a person who, with her positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world.”

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The images also feature as part of the gallery’s Coming Home project this year, which is a nationwide initiative that sees portraits of well-known individuals being sent to locations which they are closely associated with.

The shots of Kate will be displayed in three places that have a special meaning to her – Berkshire, St Andrews and Anglesey.

Rather than have a lavish party this year, it looks likely that Kate's birthday celebrations are being toned down, much like her Christmas, due to fears of Covid-19.

Rather than have a large party, it’s expected that Kate will have a smaller gathering, with family and close friends attending.

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