Kate Middleton graces cover of Vogue to celebrate magazine's centenary
The Duchess of Cambridge has been announced as a Vogue cover star to celebrate the British magazine's 100th anniversary.
The 34-year-old royal has posed for her first ever fashion photoshoot for the prestigious title to honour the milestone, and will appear on the cover of the June edition.
Catherine, who is married to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, agreed to the project because it is a collaboration between British Vogue and London's National Portrait Gallery, which she has been a patron of since 2012.
But while the mother-of-two is usually photographed in formal attire or glamorous evening gowns, the landmark series of seven portraits are a much more relaxed affair.
In the images, which are both in colour and black and white and set in the Norfolk countryside, Catherine can be seen looking relaxed and happy in casual clothing, such as a striped long sleeved top and jeans, and a jacket and fedora style hat.
"To be able to publish a photographic shoot with HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has been one of my greatest ambitions for the magazine," Vogue Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman said in a statement. "I'm delighted the Duchess agreed to work with us and the National Portrait Gallery, and as a result of this unique collaboration we have a true celebration of our centenary as well as a fitting tribute to a young woman whose interest in both photography and the countryside is well known."
Two of the images, which were shot by British photographer Josh Olins, are already on display at the gallery, while the rest of the series will be unveiled in the June edition of the publication.
A spokesperson for the Duchess added how honoured and thrilled she was to be part of the anniversary celebrations.
"Since 1916, Vogue has been a leading champion of British portraiture," they began. "(The Duchess) is incredibly grateful to the team at Vogue and at the National Portrait Gallery for asking her to take part. 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," they continued. "She hopes that people appreciate the portraits with the sense of relaxed fun with which they were taken."
Catherine follows in the footsteps of William's late mother, Princess Diana, who featured on the cover of Vogue three times during her life, and once more following her death in 1997 as part of a special tribute edition.