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Kate chooses locations close to the heart for the first public display of her birthday portrait

Portraits of the Duchess of Cambridge taken to mark her 40th birthday will go on public display for the first time – in places close to Kate’s heart.

Glamorous photographs of the Duchess by renowned fashion photographer Paolo Roversi will be featured at four locations across the UK tied to Kate’s childhood and her relationship with the Duke of Cambridge .

These include the Middleton family church, St Andrews college where William and Kate first met, and on the island of Anglesey, where they live as a newlywed.

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William watches as fiancee Kate pours champagne at Trearddur Bay Lifeguard Station on Anglesey in 2011 before their wedding (Phil Noble/PA)

The exhibits are part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Go Home project, in which the gallery lends portraits of famous people to places they’re attached to.

The locations were selected in consultation with Kate, who is described as having a special relationship with each site.

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One of Paolo Roversi’s birthday portraits of Kate (Paolo Roversi/Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/PA)

A black-and-white photo of the duchess – in the file looking left – will be featured first from March 22 to April 5 at St James the Less in the Berkshire village of Pangbourne.

The church is where Kate’s family has been parishioners for generations.

The photograph will then be moved to the Reading Museum – near the Royal Berkshire Hospital, where the Duchess was born in 1982 – with the image appearing between April 7 and June 4.

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The Church of St James the Less in Pangbourne, Berkshire, will display one of Kate’s portraits (Brian Gibbs/Alamy Stock Photo/PA)

The photo of the Duchess, with her hair flowing and wearing a red Alexander McQueen dress, will be on display from June 13 to September 30 at the Wardlaw Museum at the University of St Andrews.

William and Kate met as students at university in Fife, while Kate was studying art history, as did William before turning to geography.

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William and Kate walk past St Salvator’s – the hall in St Andrews where they met – during a visit in 2011 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The third photo in Roversi’s series of photos shows Kate in a white dress, smiling straight into the camera.

The portrait will be on display at Anglesey’s Oriel Mon museum between July 16 and October 2.

William and Kate had a home on Anglesey in north Wales before their wedding while William worked as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.

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This portrait of Kate will be viewed on Anglesey in north Wales (Paolo Roversi/Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/PA)

They remained there during the early years of their marriage, eventually moving to London shortly after the birth of their first child Prince George in 2013.

Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is a patron, said: “As one of her earliest and earliest patrons, we are delighted to share these photographs. Paolo Roversi’s amazing portraits, taking each of them to a place that resonated across the UK for Her Queen as part of our Coming Home project. ”

Kate celebrated her 40th birthday on January 9 this year. The portraits can be visited for free.

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