Kate Official Engagement: NPG Reception for The Art Room

This evening, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception at the National Portrait Gallery in support of one of her patronages, The Art Room. The event was designed to spotlight the organization, and to allow Kate to meet children who benefit from the program.

The Art Room logo

The Art Room was one of Kate’s first patronages. The organization uses art as therapy to help struggling children to raise their confidence and self esteem, as well as to provide a comfortable community. With an interest in the history of art, the Duchess’ support came as no surprise. According to The Art Room website:

“The Art Room has demonstrated that in a caring and creative environment the most challenging children can ‘learn and achieve through art’. Our methodology has been tried and tested in both specialist and mainstream schools with positive results.”

Kate has actively participated with The Art Room since becoming a patron on January 5, 2012. She made an official appearance on February 22, 2012 where she met with students and painted alongside them. This was also the “infamous moment” we learned about Lupo’s name.

Tonight’s event was hosted by The Art Room, but took place at the National Portrait Gallery. You may recall that the Duchess’ official portrait hangs in the NPG, after being revealed earlier this year.


Kate wore a custom-made light blue Emilia Wickstead dress and her grey Rupert Sanderson suede pumps. She did not carry a purse. Her signature hair was half-up, which was a great way to show off her dangling earrings. At the event, Kate made a short speech expressing her belief in the wonderful projects she was representing. The Duchess stated that “she was a firm believer in the power of art to make a difference” – as shared by Rebecca English of The Daily Mail.  She met with children who participate in the program and chatted with other guests, which surely made the event extra special! The Duchess, who is six months pregnant, stayed for a little over an hour.

Photo courtesy of @RE_DailyMail on Twitter

Keeping with a great series of events, we will see the Duchess again on Friday when she, Prince William, and my future husband Prince Harry tour Warner Bros Studios. Harry Potter fans will be sure to tune in!

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