Yesterday, the National Portrait Gallery and British Vogue revealed their collaboration on a series of portraits to celebrate the magazine’s 100th anniversary.
For the first time ever, the Duchess of Cambridge posed for the fashion bible, following in the footsteps of the Princess of Wale, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (below).
Ever since Catherine married Prince William in 2011, it’s been rumored that American Vogue‘s editor-in-chief has unsuccessfully tried to land Her Royal Highness on the cover.
There are eight photos in total that are featured in the June issue (out May 5th), two of which are displayed at the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition, Vogue 100: A Century of Style.
British photographer Josh Olins shot Catherine, patron of the NPG since 2012, in the Norfolk countryside near her Anmer Hall home.
According to What Kate Wore, Catherine chose a Petit Bateau Breton Stripes shirt and a $7500 Burberry coat for the featured photos. Her wool felt fedora, according to My Small Obsessions, is by Beyond Retro.
“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,” Nicholas Cullinan, director of the NPG, told British Vogue.
“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.”
Catherine will see the exhibit in person on May 4th.