11 February 2014 - 20:08
Duchess of Cambridge returns to royal duties as she attends gala at the National Portrait Gallery


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The Duchess of Cambridge returned to royal duties on Tuesday evening as she attended the 2014 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery.

New mum Kate, 32, dazzled as she arrived at the London gallery in an ink-blue Jenny Packham dress. The Duchess sparkled as she complimented her stunning gown with the Queen’s Nizam Hyderbad diamond necklace, which Her Majesty received as a wedding gift.

The engagement marks the Duchess’ return to the spotlight and is her first engagement since last year.

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Kate dazzled in a Jenny Packham dress and a diamond necklace loaned from the Queen. [Photo courtesy of @byEmilyAndrews]

During the reception Kate, who recently celebrate a thousand days as the Duchess of Cambridge, met guests including David Bailey, Olympic Gold medalist Katherine Grainger and Jonathan Yeo.

Other guests including actress and model Elizabeth Hurley was spotted arriving as the excited crowds outside waited for the guest of honour.

Attending solo, the Duchess also made a speech where she praised the National Portrait Gallery’s achievements.

“I just wanted to say how delighted I am to be here this evening to celebrate the fantastic work of the National Portrait Galley,” Kate said. “The Gallery’s achievements are exceptional. They host the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, and their unique and brilliant exhibitions never fail to inspire us.”

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She added: “But, it is more than simply a world renowned visitor’s attraction, the Gallery’s outreach and research programmes makes it one of the leading centres for the important study into Portraiture.

“Thank you for being here tonight, and showing your support. I hope that you all have a wonderful night.

“I simply could not be more proud to be its patron.”

The royal mum was also shown a selection of “pen portraits” which have been described as exclusive stories, descriptions and commentaries about a chosen painting inside the gallery. These will later be sold to raise money for the gallery.

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[Photo courtesy of @Sparklie_Girlie]

Kate, who gained a degree in the History of Art, has been patron of the National Portrait Gallery since January 2012 and has made several visits to the London gallery.

In January 2013, her first portrait, by Paul Emsley was unveiled at the gallery provoking a mixed reaction, however the Duchess revealed she thought it was “amazing”.

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  • Anni

    She’s totally gorgeous but she seriously needs to cut her hair, or at least put it up in public engagements, she looks very elegant that way. She could give about 10″ inches to charity and have it around chin length, still can be put up easily at that length. She’s not a teenager any more. She’s in her thirties, a mum, and in a very important position; lately the hair do, or lack of any actual “do” has just looked off to me.

  • Darline

    I’m going to vomit if this is her definition of work. Laying home relaxing on TAXPAYER $$ taking vacations, then picking 1 day out of 2 months to get dressed up, show up at some children’s hospice or art gallery, read a paragraph to the crowd walk around for 30 min chatting then go back home and don’t show up for another month. I see no reason to praise this woman at all, Diana was much younger, much much more shy and within her first 3 years as a royal had a baby too and still accomplished more work than kate. The only reason why people “ADORE” her is because she is PRETTY, seriously!


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