Kate Middleton looks radiant and elegant in her 40th birthday portraits

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Forty-eight and Fabulous!

In memory of Kate MiddletonThe Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 40th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 10. Kensington Palace has released three new portraits. They are regal and radiant in three Alexander McQueen dresses.

Photographer Paolo Rovers shot the photos at Kew Gardens in London last November and they will enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is Patron.

All in one image Prince William‘s mother and wife Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6 and Prince Louis, 3, wears a one-shoulder, ruffled red dress with pockets and diamond earrings from Queen Elizabeth II‘s collection. In another photo, Kate sports a white ruffled dress and diamond and pearl drop earrings that belonged to the late Princess Diana. A third image shows her wearing an off-the-shoulder white dress with side ties. The duchess’ hair styled in breezy waves in all three photos.