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Duchess Kate to give Prince William her portrait as birthday gift

London, Sat, 07 Apr 2012 ANI

London, Apr 7 (ANI): The Duchess of Cambridge is set to present Prince William with her first royal portrait as a gift on his 30th birthday in June.

The 30 year-old has made four secret visits to Welsh born artist Nicky Philipps' South Kensington studio while hubby William was on a tour of duty in The Falklands.he painting is said to have cost 25,000 pounds and has been paid for by the Prince of Wales.

It is likely to be a birthday gift for Prince William to be presented on his birthday.

Earlier this year, when discussing a potential portrait, Philipps had stated that she wouldn't turn down an opportunity to paint the Duchess in a million years, continuing that "beautiful people are always more difficult."

"With symmetrical faces, there's nothing to hang the portrait on. It's very unlikely that you'll ever do them enough justice," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

Philipps has previously been commissioned to paint Princes William and Harry and her double portrait of the royal duo is currently on show in London's National Portrait Gallery.

The two princes are dressed in the uniform of Household Cavalry regiment Blues and Royals and are set against a backdrop of Clarence House.

In a break with royal protocol, Duchess Kate failed to pose for an official wedding portrait, however, it is likely that her first official portrait is now also on the cards. (ANI)

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