The Duchess of Cambridge came face to face with her own sporting performance today as she opened an exhibition of images from the 2012 Games at the National Portrait Gallery.
In an electric blue Stella McCartney dress and a gold Cartier Olympic-themed necklace featuring five rings, Kate was amused to see a photo of herself among the exhibits.
The black-and-white image taken by Jillian Edelstein shows a smiling Duchess in a Team GB “hoodie” when she visited the women’s hockey team at the Olympic Park in March.
Kate and Princes William and Harry are to throw themselves into supporting Team GB, visiting training camps and appearing at Olympic events where Britain has a chance of striking gold, including cheering on the princes’ cousin Zara Phillips in the equestrian events in Greenwich Park.
As Team GB ambassadors, they will also shine a light on workers behind the scenes, including volunteers, torch bearers and catering staff. They will also link up with future Olympic stars to ensure the long-term sporting legacy of the London Games.
Gallery director Sandy Nairne said: “We know she [the Duchess] loves taking photographs. She was very intrigued about how things got taken and why they got taken. She was on very good form and she was asking lovely questions. I think she was very pleased to see some of the torchbearers. We have only got 10 out of the 8,000.”
Including fake a picture.
Kate has declined to appear on the covers of both British and American Vogue.
So when it came time to settle on a cover star for their August issue, Marie Claire South Africa took matters into their own hands by photoshopping an image of Prince William‘s wife.
Marie Claire SA’s cover was expressly designed to look as if the future Queen of England had struck a pose for the mag while rocking threads by famed South African designer Clive Rundle.
“Kate Middleton is, without a doubt, the world’s new style icon,” Aspasia Karras, Marie Claire SA‘s editor, explained of their “hyper-real” issue.
“We have honored her with a fan-art tribute, dressing her up in clothes by South African designers and placing her in all sorts of fun, everyday situations.”
Kate Middleton has been revered for her style, her grace, her charm, ever since she first came into the royal picture several years ago. She is generally beloved by her English subjects, so when someone pokes fun at her or takes aim at the royal family, it doesn’t go over well across the pond.
That’s just what’s happening now, as a U.S.-based magazine New Republic has made Middleton their target, even going so far as to photoshop a crude picture of her on their cover which features the duchess sporting cracked yellow teeth. The headline reads, “Something’s Rotten: The Last Days Of Britain”. The issue is all about England’s decline and even takes a shot at the country’s football teams.
The image, as well as the headline, has drawn immediate backlash from those it concerns, as people in the U.K. come to the defense of the duchess and her teeth. One commenter said:
“Not cool. I am not an imperialist (not even close!), but she seems to be a genuine person. She is young, beautiful, and privileged. Apparently grave sins to many people. Yet I wonder if these are the same critics who keep up on the Kardashians, or whatever flavour of the month Hollywood squirts out. She is a person who did not deserve this low blow. Shame on them. I wouldn’t even think to read anything from them ever again.”
Many comments on the issue are similar, taking umbrage at the fact that the magazine appears to be laying all the blame for the country’s problems on Middleton’s shoulders. However, some think that perhaps the imagery, however poorly chosen, is only meant to represent a decaying system in decline.
Whatever the reason, the editors of the magazine have gotten themselves into a world of hurt with the cover. They have so far declined to comment.
Personally, i think its so rude of them to do this to gorgeous Kate’s appearance.
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