Kate Middleton's First Royal Portrait Revealed

Duchess's first official portrait was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
1:59 | 01/11/13

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We're going to turn to the royal portrait. Kate's first unveiled in london. This is the portrait that millions will see for years to come. Is it a success? You're going to be the judge right now. Abc's lama hasan has the story. Reporter: This morning, the moment of truth. William and kate entering london's national portrait gallery, anxiously awaiting for the duchess' first official portrait. It took 3 1/2 months to create. Would the painting do the duchess justice. Take a look for yourself. Kate sat twice for the portrait. Once in may and again in june. Painter paul emsly says he wanted to capture her natural beauty. And he thought he was going to paint her without a smile. After meeting her, he changed his mind. I think actually that it was the right choice in the end to have her smiling because it does really who she is, I think. Reporter: He also took liberties with her eye color. Changing it slightly to match her blouse. Away from the cameras, the duchess described the work as amazing. Adding, I thought it was brilliant. But with that extreme close-up, those bags under kate's eyes. Not everyone's review is so glowing. What is it? It's a giant polaroid. She walks into a photo booth and it was balloon up to a huge size, it would look more or less the same, wouldn't it? Reporter: Well, another art critic was harsher. Calling it, a rotten portrait. But the most important critic is prince william, who says simply, it's beautiful. It's absolutely beautiful. George and amy, that's all that really counts. I guess so. And I guess I'm on the minority of this desk. You do? I think she looks older. But she looks very real. I want better than real. Yeah. You have the liberty.

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