The DUCHESS of Cambridge's 40th birthday portraits will be displayed at two venues in Berkshire.

The photographs, taken by photographer Paolo Roversi in November 2021, will feature as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home project.

St James the Less Church in Pangbourne, near Reading, will be the first venue to display the portrait of The Duchess seated, gazing to the left from March 22 to April 5, 2022.

Reading Museum has been chosen as the second venue to display the photographers work from April 7 to June 4, 2022.

The project has enabled works from the Gallery’s national Collection to travel to towns and cities across the UK, providing communities with the opportunity to see iconic works locally, while the Gallery remains closed for its Inspiring People redevelopment.

The locations that Roversi’s three portraits will travel to were selected in consultation with The Duchess herself, who has a special affinity to each.

The Church, situated in the village of Pangbourne, has welcomed the Middleton family as parishioners over several generations and the Reading Museum was chosen due to its proximity to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, where The Duchess was born.

The photograph of The Duchess dressed in red will be displayed between June 13 and  September 30, 2022 at the Wardlaw Museum, University of St Andrews, where The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met while studying.

The third photograph in Roversi’s series shows The Duchess in a white dress, smiling straight at the camera. This portrait will be displayed at Anglesey’s Oriel Môn between July 16 and October 2, 2022, where The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first lived together in their early years of marriage.

Paolo Roversi is one of the most highly respected and influential image-makers of our time. Often working in the studio, he uses both traditional and digital techniques to create ethereal and soulful portraits.

For this series, The Duchess and Roversi took inspiration from nineteenth-century photography, which was the subject of Her Royal Highness’ undergraduate thesis at the University of St. Andrews. 

Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, said: “The Duchess of Cambridge has been a very committed Patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012, reflecting a great interest in photography and portraiture. As one of her first and earliest patronages, we are delighted to be sharing Paolo Roversi’s wonderful portraits, taking each to a place of resonance across the United Kingdom for Her Royal Highness as part of our Coming Home project.”