The more I look at these the more my feelings towards them keep evolving. I despise/adore the glamour shot - it's fun as a private photo but I dread the resurgence of 80s style glamour shots due to this photo
The red dress photo is excellent as a fashion shot; the gown is the star of that shot. The color, fabric, texture, and pleats of that gown are so exquisite, and it takes center stage. You can tell the photographer has been working in fashion for years. Unfortunately, the color and texture of the rest of the photo drowns out the duchess even though she looks charming and carefree.
The profile shot with the engagement ring is the resounding success here. It perfectly captures what the Duchess wanted which was bringing the past into the present. Its paired back in a very 21st century way while still evoking Queen Alexandra and Empress Sisi. It also delights me to know how keen and influenced the Duchess is by past royal woman. She is very aware of her role and woman who have filled it before her. This is the picture that people will continue to look back on years from now.