The snow didn’t stop the Duchess of Cambridge as she visited the National Portrait Gallery this evening.
Braving the cold sans coat, the Duchess wore a floral Orla Kiely dress showing off that growing baby bump.
As patron of the National Portrait Gallery, the Duchess was on hand for the newest exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography’. Using her Art History degree, the Duchess picked a number of the pictures on display and wrote the forward.
The Duchess of Cambridge wrote: “As a Patron of the National Gallery, and an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I am delighted to support Victorian Giants.
“This captivating book and the accompanying exhibition bring together works by Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden for the first time, to explore the birth of art photography in England.
“This period in the history has long interested me.
“As a student at the University of St. Andrews, I chose it as the subject of my undergraduate thesis and photographs of children in particular, which feature predominantly in the exhibition, are of real interest to me.”
For the first time, the exhibit will show portraits by Oscar Rejlander, Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron and Lady Clementina Hawarden all together at the same time.
Upon news that the Duchess would be visiting this evening, The National Portrait Gallery’s head of photography Phillip Prodger said in a statement: “Here visitors can see the birth of an idea—raw, edgy, experimental—the Victorian Avant-Garde, not just in photography, but in art writ large.”
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery said he was happy the Duchess “supported this exhibition in such a direct and personal manner.”
Adding: “will be a rare opportunity to see the works of all four of these highly innovative and influential artists.”
This was the second event of the day for the Duchess of Cambridge who earlier in the day attended the first forum for The Royal Foundation alongside her husband, Prince William and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.