Duchess of Cambridge to be Vogue cover star

Pictures taken by British fashion photographer Josh Olins will hang in National Portrait Gallery as part of exhibition to mark magazine’s centenary

The Duchess of Cambridge is to appear on the front cover of the British edition of Vogue to mark the magazine’s centenary.

Several more pictures of the duchess will appear inside the magazine, and two of the photographs will go on public display in London on Sunday 1 May.

The photographs, taken by British photographer Josh Olins, will hang in the National Portrait Gallery, where the duchess has been a patron since 2012.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The duchess was delighted to play a part in celebrating the centenary of an institution that has given a platform to some of the most renowned photographers in this country’s history.

“She is incredibly grateful to the team at Vogue and at the National Portrait Gallery for asking her to take part.

Two of the portraits of the duchess on display in the National Portrait Gallery.
Two of the portraits of the duchess on display in the National Portrait Gallery. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

“She would like to thank Josh Olins for being such a pleasure to work with. The duchess had never taken part in a photography shoot like this before. She hopes that people appreciate the portraits with the sense of relaxed fun with which they were taken.”

Olins, who has worked on advertising campaigns for a host of high street and designer fashion brands, said the duchess was “a joy to work with, a natural”.

The royal family are no strangers to being photographed by the world’s best fashion photographers – the Queen was recently pictured in separate images with her beloved corgis and the royal children by Annie Leibovitz for her 90th birthday.

The latest photos of the duchess were styled by British Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers and a colour image of the duchess in a brown Burberry coat and fedora will adorn the cover of the magazine’s June centenary issue.

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