Taking on her first official royal responsibilities, the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted stepping out for the National Portrait Gallery in London, England on Wednesday evening, February 8, 2012. Being known as one of the world’s most photographed women, Kate Middleton shined in gray tweed, A-line coat dress at the event. Kate’s visit to the gallery came after she had agreed to pose for a portrait requested by the gallery. This is the first time Kate carried out a royal duty without her husband. Let’s see how she looks like during her visit to the National Portrait Gallery through pictures as following:
The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the National Portrait Gallery to see Lucian Freud paintings on February 8, 2012 in London
Kate Middleton looked confident as she carried out her first solo official duty since joining the royal family
Kate Middleton made her first solo appearance at the National Portrait Gallery Wednesday because her royal husband, Prince William, was away in the Falklands for work. The 30-year-old newlywed visited the London gallery in Trafalgar Square to enjoy the special collection of Lucian Freud's work. She was welcomed by photographer Mary McCartney and Freud's daughter, Bella. Kate Middleton’s visit to over 100 paintings was also joined by Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, and Sandy Nairne, director of the gallery.
Kate Middleton shaked hands with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt during her visit to the National Portrait Gallery
The trip to the National Portrait Gallery was very exciting for Kate Middleton because she has a long-standing interest in painting and has graduated with degree in art history from St. Andrews University in Scotland, where she met her husband Prince William. In late 2011, Kate declared to become a royal patron of the National Gallery and a charity called The Art Room.
The Duchess donned a grey tweed coat dress from the UK store Jesire
She completed her look with a thick diamond bracelet and black Jimmy Choo heels
The gallery officially opens to public on February 9, 2012, displaying 130 artworks during the painting career of Freud