New Kate Middleton portrait unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William attend the unveiling of a new portrait of Catherine by Paul Emsley

Kate Middleton showed off her pregnancy style as she stepped out with Prince William to view her first official portrait this morning.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen making their way to a private viewing at the National Portrait Gallery to see Kate's portrait by award-winning artist Paul Emsley.

The Duchess of Cambridge's first official portrait is now on display at the National Portrait Gallery ©PA

Showing no signs that she's still battling with the extreme morning sickness that plagued her during her early pregnant, Kate was typically on-trend in a burgundy Whistles dress.

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She looked happy and relaxed as she walked with Wills, dressed in an empire-line dress - a popular cut when you're expecting - with a floaty skirt and bell sleeves.

Showing off her trademark voluminous blow-dry, Kate paired her look with a plain black clutch and matching low-heeled courts.Prince William and kate Middleton were spotted ontheir way to the private view of Kate's portrait ©Stefan Rousseau/PA …

The pregnant royal was said to have been impressed with her artwork - a head and shoulders shot of herself in an emerald-green pussy-bow necked dress - and told the artist she thought the painting was ‘brilliant’.

The portrait was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and painted by Emsley, a British artist known for his hyper-realistic portrayal of his subjects.

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The choice of Emsley as the artist was questioned initially, as he is known for painting ‘warts-and-all’ portraits.

And while it’s known that Kate wants to been seen as naturally as possible, the image is rather more flattering than some of Emsley’s other subjects.The Duchess chatted to artist Paul Emsley about her royal portrait ©John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Duchess sat for the painting twice and on her suggestion, the portrait depicts her in her natural rather than official persona. Emsley has chosen to show her head and shoulders shining out of a dark background.

What do you think of Kate’s new portrait? Let us know on Twitter using #YKatePortrait.

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