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Duchess of Cambridge prepares to undertake first royal duties of the year

The Duchess of Cambridge will return to royal duties this week as she undertakes her first engagements of the year.

Kate, 32, who has been busy looking after Prince George will attend two solo engagements before joining forces with The Queen for a reception at Buckingham Palace.

On February 11, the dedicated Duchess will attend The Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery. The wife of Prince William, as patron, will attend a reception at the London gallery before the gala.


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

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 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”.

Then three days later on February 14, the popular royal will spend Valentine’s Day away from her Prince as she carries out an engagement in Ealing.

Kate will officially open the new IPAC Art Room at Northolt High School, where she will meet excited students before experiencing a short session in the Art Room.

This will be the Duchess’ second Valentine’s Day away from Prince William since getting married. In 2012, she marked the day with a solo engagement in Liverpool, where she was handed a beautiful bouquet of flowers by young admirer.

After cementing her return to royal duties, Kate will then join The Queen at Buckingham Palace on February 17 for a star-studded reception.

She will accompany the monarch and other members of the Royal Family at the event which is being held in honour of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, of which Her Majesty is patron.

Actors including Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Dame Helen Mirren will attend the glittering reception which begins at 6pm at the Palace.

The Duchess will greet guests with The Queen before the party moves into the ballroom where guests will enjoy a series of performances before members of the royal family move through the state rooms meeting guests.

photo credit: Jason Simpson via photopin

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