The Cambridges are no strangers to having their picture taken together, but today marks the unveiling of their first official joint portrait, which will be displayed at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum. Painted by artist Jamie Coreth, it shows the couple standing side-by-side, he in a navy suit and she in an emerald green dress by The Vampire's Wife.
The metallic frock, which is equal parts glam and gothic thanks to the label's founder, Susie Cave, is actually a rewear from March 2020, when the couple visited Dublin, Ireland. And the fact that she chose it instead of, say, a ball gown perhaps shows that she's primed to be one of the faces of the modern monarchy.
But it was her brooch - a diamond and pearl pendant - that got royal fans excited. The brooch, whose official name is the 'Duchess of Cambridge', belongs to the Queen, a famous fan of the accessory, and was obviously borrowed for the portrait sitting by Middleton.
By including something of the Queen's, it was a rather touching display of her respect for her grandmother-in-law. According to @royalfashionpolice, she also wore two pieces belonging to Princess Diana, a pair of pearl earrings and a four-stranded pearl bracelet, another tribute to her husband's family.
Pairing the whole look with a new pair of Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps - the very same made famous by Carrie Bradshaw - it was the perfect marriage of old and new for a portrait that will also be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.