Britain's Duchess Catherine will present a royal portrait of her to Prince William for his 30th birthday.
The Duchess of Cambridge posed for the £25,000 ($48,500) canvas artwork - which was painted by royal artist Nicky Philipps, who has also painted William and Prince Harry - on four separate occasions while her husband was away on a six-week tour of duty in the Falklands earlier this year.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Most couples wouldn't think a picture of a loved one would be a great present, but this is a big deal.
"It's the first portrait Kate has sat for, which is a huge thing for the royals."
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William's father, Prince Charles, is thought to be paying for the present, and the duchess is said to have plenty more gifts "up her sleeve" for her husband's birthday on June 21.
A royal spokesperson confirmed a "privately commissioned painting" of Catherine - who was known as Kate Middleton before she married William in April 2011 - has been completed.
But Nicky revealed the duchess was "difficult" to paint because she was so "good looking".
She explained: "Good-looking people are always difficult because they have symmetrical faces.
"It is unlikely you will do them justice."
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