Today Duchess of Cambridge Catherine visited Victoria and Albert Museum to officially open the new photography centre. The visit was Duchess’ first visit to the Museum since taking its patronage in March this year, although Duchess has visited the Museum last year in June to inaugurate the Entrance and Exhibition Road Quarter.
The video of arrival from Danielle Stacey on Twitter.
Duchess, whose undergraduate thesis was on photography, always had a keen interest in the visual arts, photography, design and textiles that is reflected by the patronage. While the V&A has been intrinsically linked to the Royal Family since its founding in 1852 during the reign of Queen Victoria, the Duchess is the museum’s first Royal Patron.
The V&A began acquiring photographs in 1852, and its collection is now one of the largest and most important in the world. The history of the photography collection in the V&A is closely connected with the development of the Museum as a whole. Its first director, Henry Cole, was an amateur photographer himself and a great supporter of the art of photography. He began a photography collection in 1856, the year that the South Kensington Museum, now the V&A, was established.
Since then, the collection has grown to be international in scope and comprises over 300,000 images dating from 1839 to the present. Photography can be seen as a combination of science and art, in which advances in technique continually feed creativity and artistic achievement.
The Centre also displays some 150 different camera equipments used over the century to capture photographs. Catherine visited the jewellery gallery where she saw the famous Victoria coronet.
She had an early sneak preview of the coronet and was very interested discussing the history of it and the design by Albert. We also showed her the Beyoncé papillon ring — a butterfly whose wings flap — which was a very generous gift by Beyoncé. She was suitably impressed But she didn’t get to touch it — or try it on. It was hidden behind glass
Catherine unveiled a plaque to mark her visit and opening of the centre.
A video from the Royal family channel concluding the event.
It seems Duchess wore the runway version of the dress with bit of alteration. The tea-length dress features an off-shoulder neckline with buttons at the front and purple checked print with cut-out at the waistline.
A closer look at the dress details. The dress is also available in red floral print.
Duchess accessorized the dress with a burgundy belt.
The talented MF Stylist Perth on twitter noted that the belt is from Erdem’ Pre-Fall 2017 collection.
The £290.00 earrings are from label’s Autumn Winter 2018 collection and features a crystal stud with onyx detailing clutches a crystal-embellished hoop. A floral shape hangs beneath, made from brass smoked topaz with crystal and pearl ‘petals’ and a single teardrop pearl falling below. (The picture shows a style with different centre stone).
Catherine was wearing Jimmy Choo burgundy pumps. They are the bespoke version of label’s Romy pumps that Duchess also owns in nude colour. Thanks to Lauren Parkinson on Twitter for the id.
Duchess debuted a new handbag today ided by HeavenLM. She was carrying Jimmy Choo J Box in Bordeaux Velvet. The $1695 Velvet clutch features Gold/Silver Hardware on sides and clasp on top and is available with personalization.
Next we will see Duchess on Friday at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank where Prince George and Princess Charlotte are once again part of the bridal party. Today, Palace announced the details of bridal party. Eugenie has oh so sweetly made all the kids of royal family part of her wedding. It is going to be a big family day.
In Other news Hello! Magazine reported that Duchess was seen at the art fair in Battersea Park last week. Prince George goes to school in the area where Catherine was spotted at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair on Friday afternoon. She enjoyed a spot of shopping and browsing just after 2 pm, most likely before collecting George who was a five-minute drive away. As per reports,
” Kate was very casual, wearing blue jeans and a pink shirt. She had on a pair of white trainers,” a source told HELLO! “She was very, very pretty. She appeared to be on her own with no obvious security in sight. She was walking along the aisle with someone who looked as if he was explaining something to her, perhaps a dealer or a member of the exhibition staff.”