The Duchess Is Vogue’s Centenary Cover Star –

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is today unveiled as the cover star for
Vogue‘s centenary issue. Photographed by Josh Olins in
the Norfolk countryside, the Duchess appears in a 10-page shoot
within the June 2016 issue, the first magazine shoot that she has
ever consented to.

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“It’s a huge honour and incredibly exciting for us to have HRH
The Duchess of Cambridge featuring on the cover of British
Vogue and as part of our centenary issue,” Vogue
editor-in-chief Alexandra
said today. “For me personally it has been a wonderful
experience to have had the opportunity to work with her on this,
and I am immensely proud of what we have produced. This special
issue of the magazine is very close to my heart as it had to
reflect on 100 years of British Vogue, and so I am hugely
grateful that we have been able to continue with our tradition of
outstanding royal portraiture with these pictures.”

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As patron of the National Portrait Gallery, and with a
keen personal interest in photography and portraiture, the Duchess
has also agreed for two images from the shoot to be installed
within the
Vogue 100
exhibition at the gallery. She will attend the NPG next week,
on Wednesday May 4, to view the portraits in situ. The exhibition
will run until May 22 before moving to Manchester, allowing
visitors to view the pictures for themselves alongside more than
280 other images from
Vogue‘s historic

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“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,
said today. “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

The images see the Duchess dressed casually, reflecting
her love of the countryside and particularly Norfolk, where she
lives much of the time with her family. She was involved in
selecting pieces for the shoot – from Burberry to Petit Bateau -
along with Vogue‘s fashion director Lucinda Chambers and
editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman. The resulting images – captured
outdoors in January this year – are the most personal and natural
royal portraits ever undertaken by Vogue, which has also
photographed Diana, Princess of Wales, Princess Margaret, the Queen
Mother, and the Queen over the past 100 years.

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“It’s a privilege to have been chosen to photograph the
Duchess of Cambridge for the centenary issue of British
Vogue and an honour that two of those portraits will hang
in the National Portrait Gallery,” Olins said. “This was the
Duchess’s first sitting for a magazine and she was a joy to work
with, a natural. I am extremely grateful to Alexandra Shulman for
placing her faith in me for such an important and historic

The June 2016 centenary issue of Vogue will be on newsstands
nationwide and available to download from Thursday May 5. “Vogue
100: A Century of Style” is at the National Portrait Gallery until
May 22, and tickets are still available from

The Duchess Is Vogue’s Centenary Cover Star –

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