Photo: Royal portrait of Kate Middleton unveiled in London

This portrait of Kate Middleton was unveiled in London's National Portrait Gallery on Jan. 11, 2013. (Photo: CNN)

This portrait of Kate Middleton was unveiled in London's National Portrait Gallery on Jan. 11, 2013. (Photo: CNN)

This portrait of Kate Middleton was unveiled in London's National Portrait Gallery on Jan. 11, 2013. (Photo: CNN)

This portrait of Kate Middleton was unveiled in London’s National Portrait Gallery on Jan. 11, 2013. (Photo: CNN)

LONDON — Her husband called the portrait “absolutely beautiful,” and a reflection of his wife’s “natural self as opposed to her official self.”

But that has stopped a few from raising an eyebrow at the first royal portrait of Kate Middleton.

Paul Emsley, a Glasgow-born, South African-raised painter, created the canvass of the Duchess of Cambridge, which is now on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Kate sat for the painting in May and June, and Emsley spent three and a half months creating the work of art.

The painting shows Kate with her hair down and flowing. She’s dressed in black with a black background, and her lips are turned ever-so-slightly in a veiled smile.

Echoing the words of her husband William, Kate called the painting “brilliant.”

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