The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Barlby Primary School in Ladbroke Grove today to officially open their new Art Room. The Clore Art Room will provide art as therapy to children and young people to raise their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.
The Duchess of Cambridge became patron of The Art Room in January 2012. Since then, the Duchess has attended many events and engagements in support of the charity. Today’s engagement was originally planned for September, but had to be postponed due to Kate’s hyperemesis gravidarum.
The Clore Art Room will provide art therapy to Barlby Primary and nearby Oxford Gardens Primary School. Students, staff, and teachers at Barlby Primary School were extremely excited for Kate’s arrival.
Barlby’s Head Teacher, Anthony Mannix, said, “It is extremely exciting to be able to host HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as we can proudly introduce her to our children and show her the school and our ethos. Since opening The Art Room in October, we have been overwhelmed with the positive addition it has brought to the children. We are delighted to be working with The Art Room as it further promotes our policy of inclusion and the nurture of life-long learning for every child.”
The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the school around 1:30 PM, where she met with school officials and representatives of The Art Room.
The Duchess met with students from Barlby Primary and Oxford Gardens Primary schools. She was presented with a lovely posy of flowers.
After a few short speeches and an official welcome, Kate officially named the new facility – which opened its doors in October.
Kate was presented with a stamp chair given to her from The Art Room. The chair is a symbol of the charity. It was decorated with stamps gifted by the Royal Household.
She toured the school and new Clore Art Room facilities. At the new Clore Art Room, she met with young students who visit and benefit from The Art Room’s projects.
The Duchess of Cambridge also took part in a brief round-table discussion on the merits and effectiveness of art therapy. Kate was joined by famed British artist Grayson Perry, Oxford psychiatrist Dr. Mina Fazel, Founder and Director Juli Beattie, head teachers of schools who utilize The Art Room, Art Room teachers and former students.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked absolutely radiant at today’s engagement. She wore an embellished shift dress from British luxury maternity label Madderson London.
The “Naomi’ shift dress features 3/4 sleeves, a tweed patterned hem and tweed faux pocket flaps. The dress is described as being 1960’s inspired.
Kate accessorized with black suede pumps, most likely her Episode “Angel” courts that she is so fond of. She also carried a matching suede clutch by Mulberry.
The Duchess also accessorized with a nude colored band-aid (called a “plaster” in the UK). We believe they are the Savlon “Protect Faster Plaster” on sale at Boots. Surely they will sell out immediately, so buy yours now! Kensington Palace assures us that the injury is not critical.
(We kid, we kid)
For jewelry, the Duchess opted for her trusty sapphire drop earrings. She also chose to wear her Cartier Ballon de Bleu watch, which we have not seen in quite a while!
Today, the Duchess was a wonderful ambassador for The Art Room organization. She brought attention to an excellent program and charitable cause. It was lovely to see her on this first event of 2015!
* Slideshow pictures courtesy of @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter