Duchess of Cambridge in pretty floral for Victorian Giant Exhibition

Duchess of Cambridge in pretty floral for Victorian Giant Exhibition
Duchess of Cambridge in pretty floral for Victorian Giant Exhibition
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After attending the first annual Royal Foundation Forum, Duchess of Cambridge visited National Portrait Gallery to see ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography’ Exhibition.

Duchess of Cambridge in pretty floral for Victorian Giant Exhibition
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An avid Art fan and an ex-Art student, the patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Gallery in the snowy night.

Duchess of Cambridge in pretty floral for Victorian Giant Exhibition
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This major exhibition is the first to examine the relationship between four ground-breaking Victorian artists: Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822–65) and Oscar Rejlander (1813–75).

 

Duchess of Cambridge in pretty floral for Victorian Giant Exhibition
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Drawn from public and private collections internationally, the exhibition features some of the most breath-taking images in photographic history. Influenced by historical painting and frequently associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the four artists formed a bridge between the art of the past and the art of the future, standing as true giants in Victorian photography.

The exhibition explores the birth of art photography in England and provides a fresh perspective on one of photography’s formative periods.

 

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Before the engagement Duchess Catherine wrote a foreword to the exhibition catalogue in which she discussed her interest in 19th century photography that was also the subject of her undergraduate thesis while an art history student at the University of St Andrews.

“This period of history has long interested me. Photographs of children in particular, which feature predominately within the exhibition, are of real interest to me. The photographs allow us to reflect on the importance of preserving and appreciating childhood while it lasts. Children held a special place in the Victorian imagination and were celebrated for their seemingly boundless potential. The notion still rings true for us today and it underpins much of my official work and the charities I have chosen to support, and, indeed, my role as a mother of a young family.”

 

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For this visit, putting her academic background to the use, Duchess helped to curate the exhibition at the gallery.

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Catherine selected several Victorian photographs and wrote captions which are displayed with the images for a special ‘Patron’s Trail’.

 

Duchess of Cambridge in pretty floral for Victorian Giant Exhibition
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Upon arrival, Kate enjoyed the tour of the exhibition. The exhibition will run until May 20th.

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She also met lenders and supporters in the Gallery’s Ondaatje Wing Main Hall.

Duchess of Cambridge in pretty floral for Victorian Giant Exhibition
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For the artistic visit, Duchess of Cambridge chose a beautiful floral look. She wore Orla Kiely Margaret Viscose Print Smock Bib Dress in Black .

 

Duchess of Cambridge Orla Kiely Margaret Viscose Print Smock Bib Dress
Orla Kiely Margaret Viscose Print Smock Bib Dress

Cut to a flattering figure-skimming fit, the eye-catching floral dress features a High neckline with a soft velvet band to the trim, smock front panel with ruched detailing and a soft velvet trim, velvet ribbon collar and invisible zip back opening.

Duchess of Cambridge Orla Kiely Margaret Viscose Print Smock Bib Dress
Orla Kiely Margaret Viscose Print Smock Bib Dress

The dress is currently available at Very Exclusive for £490.00.

 

Duchess of Cambridge Gianvito Rossi praline pumps
Gianvito Rossi praline pumps

Duchess paired her look with her trusty Gianvito Rossi praline pumps and carried Jimmy Choo Celeste clutch.

 

Duchess of Cambridge Jimmy Choo Celeste clutch
Jimmy Choo Celeste clutch

Once again Duchess was seen wearing Kiki McDonough Candy Pink Tourmaline & Green Amethyst Drop Earrings that she last wore during the visit to Portrait Gala in last March.

 

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Kiki McDonough Candy Pink Tourmaline & Green Amethyst Drop Earrings

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Duchess of Cambridge joined the first Royal Foundation Forum

Duchess of Cambridge attended the first Royal Foundation Forum
Duchess of Cambridge attended the first Royal Foundation Forum
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Today once again Duchess of Cambridge had a busy schedule. In the morning Duchess attended the first Royal Foundation Forum with Duke of Cambridge Prince William and Prince Harry. In the evening Duchess visited National Portrait Gallery to see the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography’.

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The Royal Foundation was established by royal brothers Prince William and Prince Harry in 2009. In 2011, Duchess of Cambridge became the 3rd Patron of the Foundation and hence the name The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. You can find out about the foundation more at the official website here.

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Before the Forum the Royal Foundation released a statement saying, “Creating the Foundation was a new style of how the Royal family could engage with causes that are close to their hearts. It allows them to work together across this generation as well as bring others together to focus on areas they are each passionate about. Once the Duchess of Cambridge became Patron, Their Royal Highnesses established a key focus of working together, as well as convening others to help tackle society’s biggest challenges. Together we use the passion and unique influence of our Patrons to change mindsets and make a lasting difference on the issues that matter to them and to society. We never begin a project thinking we have the answer. From day one, the Foundation was built with an open door, and whatever we do, we invite the best and brightest to sit with us around the table to help find solutions.”

Today’s Forum was the first of the foundation held under the theme ‘Making a Difference Together,’ the event showcased the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation, and included a number of delegates who have been involved in key projects.

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The Forum was hosted by BBC presenter and Radio 1 newsreader Tina Daheley.

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Speaking at the Forum Duchess remarked,

” I’ve learned a huge amount from the patronages I’ve worked with but also from the amazing experts I met along the way and you know, you can’t help but then reflect on your own life. It’s definitely had an impact on how I mother, how we work as a family and how we hope to bring up our children.”

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Prince William told the hostess that Heads Together was the child of Duchess’ brain. On this Kate said,

” I think there’s a lot that I’m hugely excited about with the Foundation and from the Foundation’s perspective. Imagine if we were able to do a Heads Together campaign with another generation of members of the Royal family. I think that’s so exciting and with so many more of us working on the same cause or similar causes, we could make a real impact.”

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During her speech Duchess joked:

“After seeing the video, I should be sporting my headband but sadly I left it at home. We are all so proud of the work we did without our partners to challenge the stigma. Since our roles are lifetime roles, our commitment to the work we do through the Foundation is genuinely long term. The work we do can and should have a long-lasting resonance. For this reason we’re able to support causes we’re passionate about for decades into the future. Like the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales we feel strongly we have to take a long-term view that is measured in generations.”

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After the forum, the royal patrons met the invited guests, supporters of the Royal Foundation, and programme partners and beneficiaries backstage.

Duchess of Cambridge attended the first Royal Foundation Forum
Seraphine Royal Blue Tailored Dress

For the forum, Duchess recycled her £99 Seraphine Royal Blue Tailored Dress. Cut for an elegant A-line shape and draping beautifully to the knee the dress is made in premium stretch woven fabric and adapt to growing curves throughout pregnancy.

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Duchess wore the dress first time at the launch of Mentally Healthy Schools last month.

Duchess of Cambridge Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' Clutch
Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ Clutch

The Duchess teamed it with her trusty Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ Clutch and Jimmy Choo ‘Georgia’ Pumps.

Jimmy Choo 'Georgia' Pumps.
Jimmy Choo ‘Georgia’ Pumps

Today Duchess premiered a new pair of earrings, but the label of the earrings is yet to be identified.

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Later in the evening Duchess visited the National Portrait Gallery.

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Queen Letizia brought back the elegant tweed for Royal Audience

Queen Letizia brought back the elegant tweed for Royal Audience
Queen Letizia brought back the elegant tweed for Royal Audience
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Today Queen Letizia of Spain had a busy schedule. She received two audiences at the Royal Palace of Madrid.

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In the morning Letizia received audience from a representation of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Queen Letizia brought back the elegant tweed for Royal Audience
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The representation informed Queen about the “Woman and Engineering” project, which aims to boost the female presence in the engineering and technology sector.

Queen Letizia brought back the elegant tweed for Royal Audience
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Later in the day Queen met with a representation of the ASPAYM Castilla y León Foundation on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

Queen Letizia brought back the elegant tweed for Royal Audience
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During the hearing they gave Doña Letizia recognition as the president of the Honor Committee of the acts celebrated during the 25th anniversary of the entity. In addition, a report was delivered that includes all the activities held during the year 2017, to commemorate the quarter of a century of ASPAYM Castilla y León.

Queen Letizia brought back the elegant tweed for Royal Audience
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For the occasion, Queen Letizia was looking extremely smart and professional in a tailored outfit.

Queen Letizia brought back the elegant tweed for Royal Audience
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She recycled her tweed peplum top which she first wore in November 2016. She has worn the tailored top many times since then.

Queen Letizia brought back the elegant tweed for Royal Audience
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The multicolor tweed top features a round neck. The label of the top is still unknown.

Queen Letizia Hugo Boss BOSS 'Tipulida' Stretch Wool Suit Pants
Hugo Boss BOSS ‘Tipulida’ Stretch Wool Suit Pants

Letizia paired the outfit with the Hugo Boss BOSS ‘Tipulida’ Stretch Wool Suit Pants features a slim-leg with cuffed hems and a button-detailing at the waist.

Queen Letizia Hugo Boss BOSS 'Tipulida' Stretch Wool Suit Pants
Hugo Boss BOSS ‘Tipulida’ Stretch Wool Suit Pants

The trouser is available at Nordstrom for $325.

Queen Letizia Carolina Herrera Suede Pumps
Carolina Herrera Suede Pumps

Queen Letizia paired the outfit with black suede Carolina Herrera pumps.

Queen Letizia Chanel Comète Earrings
Chanel Comète Earrings

Letizia finished her look with Chanel Comète Earrings.

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