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Duchess of Cambridge to undertake first royal engagement of the year

The Duchess of Cambridge returns to royal duties this evening as she attends The Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery.

New mum Kate, who has been focusing on Prince George, will attend the event as patron and will attend a reception at the London gallery before the gala.

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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.

The Duchess will also see a selection of “pen portraits” which have been described as exclusive stories, descriptions and commentaries about a chosen painting inside the gallery and these will be sold to raise money for the gallery.

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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