ROYAL COVER: It’s a first: The Duchess of Cambridge will appear on the cover of the June issue of British Vogue, in a portrait shot by Josh Olins. The magazine will be published on May 5.

The duchess also posed for other images to be featured in the magazine. She was photographed in the Norfolk countryside and styled by Lucinda Chambers, fashion director. In addition, an article about the photo shoot by editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman will be featured in the issue.

On the cover, the duchess is wearing a Burberry coat and shirt, and a vintage hat from Beyond Retro. In another photo, she wears a Petit Bateau top and Burberry trousers.

This is the first time the duchess has posed for a magazine cover or aligned herself in any way with the fashion industry. Unlike her mother-in-law Princess Diana, who loved fashion and appeared more than once on the cover of Vogue, the duchess has remained low-key and actively supported her mental health, anti-bullying and children’s charities.

Photographing the young royal had been one of the ambitions of Shulman, who said she sees the collaboration as “a fitting tribute to a young woman” whose interests are in both photography and the countryside.

British Vogue is also marking its centenary this year.

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Two of the portraits shot by Olins will be on display at “Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery,” from May 1. A patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012, the duchess is an advocate of the arts and has shown her interest as a photographer shooting portraits of her children.

A spokesperson for the duchess said she “was delighted to play a part in celebrating the centenary of an institution that has given a platform to some of the most renowned photographers in this country’s history.”

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