Prince William and the Kids Helped Choose One of Kate Middleton's Birthday Portraits — See Their Pick!

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Kate Middleton released three stunning photos over the weekend to celebrate her 40th birthday — including one shot that was specially chosen by her family.

Photographer Paolo Roversi opened up to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera about working with the Duchess of Cambridge for the portraits, which were taken in November at London's Kew Gardens. He even shared that Prince William and the couple's three children — Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3 — helped pick one of the photos that would be shared with the world.

Kate's family chose the close-up shot of Kate smiling in a one-shoulder dress with her hair swept over her shoulders, and according to the photographer, it's "where a carefree girl returns."

RELATED: How Kate Middleton Honors Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth in Her 40th Birthday Photos

PORTRAITS TO MARK THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE’S 40TH BIRTHDAY
PORTRAITS TO MARK THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE’S 40TH BIRTHDAY

Paolo Roversi Kate Middleton

Each of the three portraits shows a "different" side of Kate, Roversi revealed. The black-and-white image where she sits in a traditional side profile pose seen in many royal portraits over the years "is regal and has a maturity that goes beyond her age, and the white dress dampens the seriousness of an effigy."

Meanwhile, the photo of Kate in a red one-shoulder gown in color is "a little more glamorous."

Roversi said he wanted to keep the portraits "contemporary" by using "only natural light, little makeup and no hairstyle."

PORTRAITS TO MARK THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE’S 40TH BIRTHDAY
PORTRAITS TO MARK THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE’S 40TH BIRTHDAY

Paolo Roversi Kate Middleton

Some photos from the shoot have yet to be revealed to the public, including one of Kate dancing.

"In the end I wanted to take pictures in motion, so with that wonderful wide skirt I made her dance in front of my camera, a kind of accelerated waltz mixed with a pinch of rock 'n roll," he shared.

The portraits will enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is Patron. Ahead of the Portrait Gallery's re-opening in 2023, the photographs will be part of its Coming Home project, a nationwide initiative that sees portraits of well-known individuals being sent to locations that they are closely associated with.

PORTRAITS TO MARK THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE’S 40TH BIRTHDAY
PORTRAITS TO MARK THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE’S 40TH BIRTHDAY

Paolo Roversi Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge's new photos will be displayed over the course of 2022 in three places that hold special meaning to Kate: Berkshire, St. Andrews and Anglesey.

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Kate grew up in Bucklebury, Berkshire, and often returns to spend time with her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, who still live in the quiet village.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, kate middleton
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, kate middleton

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Instagram The Cambridge family's 2021 Christmas card

St. Andrews is an important spot for both Kate and Prince William as they met as freshmen at the University of St. Andrews in 2002.

And Anglesey is where the couple lived after their royal wedding in 2011. William and Kate rented an isolated cottage in Anglesey, Wales, as William trained nearby for the Royal Air Force. They moved to Kensington Palace with Prince George in 2013. At the Anglesey Show in 2013, William said: "This island has been our first home together, and it will always be an immensely special place for us both."

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