Business and finance 11 January 2013 The first official portrait of Kate Middleton makes her look like Aslan Oh no. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The first official portrait of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge - Kate Middleton as was - has been put on display at the National Portrait Gallery - and it's a disaster. Painted by Paul Emsley, who won the 2007 BP Portrait Prize, it makes the Duchess look puffy and facelifted - a little like Barbara Cartland, Princess Diana's stepmother. Based on the image sent round by the National Portrait Gallery, the Duchess stares amusedly out of the darkness, most of the light in the picture seemingly generated by her hair. There is a certain cruelty in the eyes too. If I were the Duchess, I'd be sticking this one up in the attic. This blog first appeared on Spear's › Maybe The Reason Tarantino Shut KGM's Butt Down Was Because He's Been Asked The Same Question For 20 Years "There is a certain cruelty in the eyes". Photograph: Getty Images Josh Spero is the editor of Spear's magazine. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!