The images, taken in Norfolk’s English countryside, feature the Duchess in a simple striped t-shirt, among other things, and capture what the magazine called her “great sense of humor.”
Kate’s images are on display at the National Portrait Gallery in the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibit, and the full shoot can be seen in the magazine’s June issue, on sale Thursday, May 5. Until then – unless you’re a lucky Londoner – here’s everything you need to know about Kate’s Vogue moment.
London-born photographer Josh Olins has officially gotten his big break.
“This was the Duchess s first sitting for a magazine and she was a joy to work with, a natural,” Olins, 35, said in a press release from the magazine. “I am incredibly grateful to Alexandra Shulman for placing her faith in me for such an important and historic assignment.”
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Despite his young age, Olins is fairly established in the high-fashion world. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Interview and Vogue, and his fashion clients have included Calvin Klein and Balenciaga, according to Olins’ website. While Olins has previously snapped Julia Roberts and Emma Watson, the shoot marks his first brush with royalty.
Kate was shot in the Norfolk countryside, a county located to the north-east of London, and bordering Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
The Princess and Prince William reside in a large country house in Norfolk called Anmer Hall when they’re not at Kensington Palace. The 10-bedroom home was gifted to the couple by the Queen, and was where they retreated after Princess Charlotte‘s birth, last year.
“This part of Norfolk is just very quiet and peaceful,” local B&B owner Marie Therese Viney told PEOPLE last year. “It is the perfect place to raise a family.”
The Duchess paid tribute to British design with her sartorial choices, which were selected with the help of Vogue‘s fashion director Lucinda Chambers and editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman.
The Hair and Makeup
Kate’s famous blowout looked as polished as ever for the outdoor shoot, created once again by her longtime hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker. Tucker has been by the Princess’ side through many a momentous occasion – including the hospital after the births of both Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and on Kate and Prince William’s N.Y.C. trip in 2014.
Tucker has been cutting William and Prince Harry’s hair since they were kids, so it’s safe to say she’s “in” with the family.
The Princess’ makeup look was decidedly simple and fresh, her lips covered in a natural mauve and eyes lightly lined in brown.
While Kate is obviously the photo shoot’s star, the royal family’s cool wheels made a cameo. Peeking out from behind the mom of two in one shot was a Land Rover Defender – a British four-wheel SUV that stopped being produced in the U.K. in late January.
The British royal family have long been customers of Land Rover, with Queen Elizabeth often sitting pretty in the passengers seat in one of the luxury vehicle.