Today HRH The Duchess of Cambridge attended her first official engagements since the return of TRH from the Tour of India. The Duchess opened a new garden at Hampton Court Palace, attended a Lunch for the Anna Freud center, and went to view her new Vogue pictures at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The Duchess started her day Hampton Court Palace, where she opened their new Magic Garden. As described by Historic Royal Palaces, “The Magic Garden draws inspiration from the myths and legends of the Tudor Court and offers families a new way to explore Hampton Court’s past.”
She also chatted with some children, as described by Simon Perry, “As Kate toured the garden, one youngster tugged on the sleeve of the chairman of Historic Royal Palaces, Rupert Gavin, and asked him: “Who’s that?” The Duchess of Cambridge, he replied. “Then the child said, ‘Ooh, are you the princess?’ ” says Gavin. She said: “Just call me Kate.” (When Kate herself had asked the kids her name, they chorused, “Princess Kate!”)”
She told the children that “how she thought two-and-a-half year old Prince George would be ‘a bit scared’ of a 25ft plastic dragon in a newly-unveiled playground”, and revealed that her children have a new pet, a hamster named Marvin, who already has a twitter account.
In the morning, the Duchess wore a Michael Kors coat dress, previously worn in Australia in 2014, with her Mappin & Webb Empress pendant and earrings.
Her second engagement was at Spencer House, the historic London home of the Late Diana ,Princess of Wales, for the Anna Freud center. This was her first engagement as Patron of the Freud Centre. Gordon Rayner described, “the Duchess thanked major donors who have so far raised £3.25 million towards the £10m capital needed to build a new children’s mental health centre.”
For the Lunch, the Duchess took off her coat, revealing a dove grey Roksanda Ilincic dress. The dress was worn previously in L.A in 2011 and in 2012.
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In the evening, the Duchess visited the National Portrait Gallery to view her new pictures on display as part of the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition. The display showcases the range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916.
The photos, which were released in the past few days, have been making headlines because of the Duchesses unconventional outfits in the photos, which include a 1970s style dungarees. There has also been a lot of discontent among the Royal reporters, who have recently been dismayed at Kensington Palace releasing photos of the Royals of Twitter, rather than through media outlets.
The Duchess, discussed photography with Josh Olins, who took her portrait, “Josh, how lovely to see you again. How have you been? Still jetting about?” of the pictures, she said “It doesn’t look like January. You did a very good job.“
For the visit to the National Portrait Gallery, the Duchess repeated another dress from the 2014 Australia tour, a pink Alexander McQueen. She paired it with Monica Vinader Riva Cluster necklace and earrings, which were recently said to have been a loan.
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