Kate Middleton's glam birthday photographs have been dubbed as "Hollywood" and "airbrushed" by royal fans, who have also made comparisons to Meghan Markle.
The Duchess of Cambridge released three portraits yesterday to mark her 40th birthday today (January 9).
In the snaps Kate can be seen sporting different Alexander McQueen dresses as well as jewellery belonging to both the Queen and Princess Diana.
Kate and Prince William's official Twitter account wrote: "Delighted to share a new portrait of The Duchess ahead of her 40th birthday tomorrow.
"This is one of three new portraits which will enter the permanent collection of the @NPGLondon, of which The Duchess is Patron."
Although many royal fans gushed over the "stunning" and "ethereal" snaps, others on Twitter were less enthusiastic.
"SUPER 'hollywood' glam," wrote one person, before adding: "These don't even look like Kate."
Another person chimed: "Not sure if I really like these all that much. Looks a little too air brushed for my taste."
A third said: "Seriously not the best photos I’ve ever seen of her. Something very weird about them."
"If Meg had done this on her fortieth, she would have been torn to shreds," wrote someone else.
Celebrated fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, who worked with Kate on these snaps, described photographing the duchess as “a moment of pure joy”.
He said: "Taking the portrait of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was a true honour for me and a moment of pure joy.
"I was moved by her warmth and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes that reflected the loveliness of her soul and her smile showing the generosity of her heart.
"It was a profound and rich experience for me, an unforgettable moment.
"I have met a wonderful person, a person who, with her positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world."
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