Official portrait of Duchess Kate revealed

Published On: Jan 11 2013 10:44:32 AM EST

The first official painted portrait of Duchess Kate, commissioned by Britain's National Portrait Gallery was revealed Friday. Kate said it's "absolutely brilliant." 

SLIDESHOW: Kate Middleton through the years

---The Royal couple's official engagement photograph

The artist, Scottish-born Paul Emsley, said "the Duchess explained that she would like to be portrayed naturally — her natural self — as opposed to her official self," according to the Prince of Wales' website. "She struck me as enormously open and generous and a very warm person. After initially feeling it was going to be an unsmiling portrait I think it was the right choice in the end to have her smiling — that is really who she is."

You may also like:

Pregnant duchess attends first public event

Prince William, Kate Middleton expecting baby

Kate Middleton takes throne as fashion icon