Duchess Kate celebrates a milestone birthday on Jan. 9: the royal is 40 years old! As is tradition in the British Royal Family, there are brand-new photos of the Duchess of Cambridge for the occasion.

New photos for Duchess Kate's 40th birthday

As usual, Duchess Kate presents herself with pure elegance in the portraits. One of the photos is in black and white and shows the Duchess in a light tulle dress. On her hand, she wears the legendary engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana.

(All three photos are seen in the Instagram post above!) Another colour picture shows Duchess Kate with a beaming smile on her face.

In the portrait, Prince William's wife wears a red, one-shoulder dress that emphasizes her narrow waist. The wavy hair and the shiny earrings complete the glam look of the future queen.

The photos are by the Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. As the Palace announced, they were taken in November in the botanical gardens in Kew, West London.

The Duchess had to go without a big party for her special day, unfortunately. According to the Daily Mail, the birthday is only taking place in a small group due to COVID-19.

Kate plans to celebrate only with her closest friends and family. In case you missed it, William and Kate also shared their annual family Christmas portrait just a few weeks ago.