Just saw this on the Huffington Post – Kate Middleton has a new portrait in the national portrait gallery. Their comment was that Kate might want to “untag” this one. It doesn’t seem to capture her particularly well. It definitely isn’t flattering. But I have never met Kate Middleton, my access to the way that she looked has come mediated through the airbrushed photos on magazine covers. Perhaps this is an accurate description of the reality of Kate, rather than being true to the media manipulated image of her.
I am beginning to wonder whether a portrait gallery is a good idea. What does it say about us as a culture that we want to look at the face of someone historic in isolation from reflection on their character, their moral legacy, their creative contribution, their words, their friendships?