All eyes were on the Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday as she attended a fundraising dinner held at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The National Portrait Gallery has been of interest for the Duchess of Cambridge since she became Patron in 2012.
The Duchess took her time to view the newest exhibits at the gallery, and also took time out to speak and meet with guests who had contributed their work to this important event. As she made her way through the gallery, among the guests in attendance were designer Erdem and fashionista Alexa Chung, who is the chair of the 2017 gala committee.
The Duchess of Cambridge viewed two exhibitions, one was Gilliam Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the Mask, Another Mask, and Howard Hodgkins: Absent Friends.
The gala was held to introduce new works of art that had been created especially for this event. New designs included 10 masks by the likes of Dame Vivienne Westwood and Philip Treacy, as well as 100 postcard-sized works of art for a mystery portrait postcard sale. Catherine was able to have a chance to view these two collections during the evening, and said: “Well, they’re all amazing.”
This was the second gala event that the Duchess had attended, and just as in previous years, the funds raised will go to support the National Portrait Galley’s work which will fund exhibitions and displays.
The gallery also offers learning opportunities and undertakes art-related research.
Part of the funds will go towards The Coming Home project, which makes it possible for portraits to return to places that are important to individuals, and it puts art on a loan period for over three years. In the past, it has helped the likes Sir Walter Raleigh return to Dorset, or the Bronte Sisters to come to Yorkshire.
It was announced earlier this week that the Duchess will undertake a visit to Luxembourg to join in with the country’s 150th independence anniversary celebrations.