The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to promote British history through portraits. The museum has an extensive collection of portraits they display in their London gallery and a number of other locations around the United Kingdom. They are supported by both the government and donors. The Gallery states that their goal is to “bring history to life through its extensive display, exhibition, research, learning, outreach, publishing, and digital programs.”
Not only is Kate’s portrait featured in the Gallery, she also became the royal patron of The National Portrait Gallery on January 5, 2012. She chose to represent The National Portrait Gallery because of her love of art and her commitment to creativity. As the royal patron, she has made a couple of appearances at The National Portrait Gallery. On July 19, 2012, Kate made a visit to The National Portrait Gallery to unveil the “Road to 2012: Aim High” exhibit that showcased photographs of London’s preparation for the Olympics. On January 11, 2013, both Kate and William attended the unveiling of Kate’s official royal portrait (shown above), painted by Paul Emsley. Most recently, on April 24, 2013, Kate attended an event for one of her other patronages, The Art Room, which was held at The National Portrait Gallery. Kate works tirelessly in choosing her patronages so that she may best serve each one and combine them when the opportunity presents itself. And, of course, she looks absolutely stunning while doing it.