The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Hague and Rotterdam in the Netherlands as an official representative of the British royal family.
In recent articles, it has been suggested that the Duchess of Cambridge will be used as a powerful tool in soft diplomacy following the UK’s exit from the European Union. The charm and glamour surrounding Kate will hopefully woo European nations into continuing their relationships with Great Britain following the controversial Brexit vote.
Kate arrived in the morning on a British Airways flight. Her first stop was at the family home of the King and Queen of the Netherlands. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima reside in the Villa Eikenhorst with their three daughters.
Upon arrival, the Duchess met with the King privately – Queen Maxima was away on a previously planned engagement – and enjoyed a private lunch. It was reported that the Duchess did curtsy for His Majesty, although this was not photographed.
Following lunch with the King, Catherine visited the Mauritshuis museum, which is home to some of the most famed Dutch paintings from the Golden Age, including Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Steen.
The Duchess of Cambridge studied History of Art in university and is a passionate supporter of the arts, so this was likely a very fun visit for her. Many noted the Duchess in the pearl earrings admiring Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Although it was not originally on the itinerary, the Duchess happily popped in to see a children’s art class being held at the museum. She spoke with local children about their paintings (without the slightest fear of paint on her outfit!)
Following a private tour of the collection, Kate visited the official residence of the British Ambassador to the Netherlands to attend a round table discussion on families struggling with addiction and mental health issues. The discussion was another step in the Duchess’ campaign towards mental health awareness through her patronage with the Anna Freud Centre.
For her final visit of the day, the Duchess of Cambridge visited BouwKeet – a local workspace for craftsman and artisans to create and share their craft with local young people.
The center holds workshops on textiles, ceramics, bike mechanics, and IT programming for local adults and children alike. The Duchess attended a textile workshop, bike repair lesson, and robotics demonstration.
For the busy day’s events, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a bespoke soft blue suit from Catherine Walker. The classic silhouette and style was perfect for this adventure in “soft diplomacy”, with many drawing comparisons to Jacqueline Kennedy.
For accessories, Kate opted again for her Gianvito Rossi caramel suede pumps and LK Bennett “Nina” clutch. She also borrowed a pair of pearl and diamond earrings from the Queen, which we saw a few days ago in Canada.
Today’s event was a wonderful showing of Kate’s diplomatic power. She could definitely be the powerful asset the UK is hoping for to retain relationships throughout Europe. Many long-time followers of the Duchess were very proud of her first solo visit, as it showed her strengths and charms – which we hope to see much more often in the future!