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The first official portrait of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was unveiled Friday in London.

Kate arrived at the British National Portrait gallery with her husband to see the painting.

The portrait was painted by Scottish artist Paul Emsley who used a unique technique of applying thin layers of oil and glazes to the canvas to capture her likeness.

The duchess sat for the painting twice and the artist also used a series of photographs he took of her.

Emsley said that Kate requested that she be portrayed as her natural self, rather than as a royal.

The painting took three-and-a-half months to complete.