The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Kingdom of the Netherlands today, marking her first official solo trip abroad as a member of the British Royal family. You may recall she was scheduled to visit Malta alone in September 2014, but had to cancel the trip due to her illness during pregnancy.
Upon arrival, the Duchess made a courtesy call to King Willem-Alexander who welcomed her at Villa Eikenhorst, the official residence of the Dutch royal family.
The Duchess and the King posed for official photos before having lunch together. Unfortunately, Kate did not meet with Queen Máxima who is currently visiting Argentina in her role as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.
For the occasion, Kate wore a new lilac blue belted jacket and pencil skirt by one of her favourite British designers Catherine Walker. The bespoke two-piece ensemble features many of Kate's favorite elements including a belted peplum waist, and the design bears striking similarities to her Luisa Spagnoli separates.
Kate accessorized with her beloved combination of Ginavito Rossi praline suede 'Gianvito 105' pumps and LK Bennett 'Nina' clutch.
The Duchess brought back the diamond stud and pearl drop earrings which she recently debuted in Vancouver during the Royal Tour of Canada.
The earrings belong to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and have also been worn by Sophie, Countess of Wessex (information from @AnnieElizabethN).
Kate wore her hair tied back in a chic chignon held up by a hairnet.
After lunch, the Duchess toured the Mauritshuis art museum in The Hague for the exhibition, 'At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection'.
During the visit, Kate who studied art history at St Andrews took a keen interest in the “Girl with a Pearl Earring” portrait. It is an oil painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. The Duchess mirrored the image with her choice of pearl earrings!
Following her tour of the Mauritshuis art museum, Kate headed over to the British Ambassador’s Residence in The Hague. Here, the Duchess took part in a roundtable discussion on addiction and its impact on family mental health.
For the final engagement of the day, Kate travelled to the neighbouring city of Rotterdam to visit to Bouwkeet, the social Makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken. This is a new community focused initiative in the centre of an economically deprived district which provides a creative design and technology workspace.
Textiles, ceramics, bike mechanics and IT programming are just some of the skills local craftsman share with local kids.
Kate took a keen interest in the projects.
We will next see the Duchess on Friday when she and Prince William visit Mancester for a day of engagements.
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Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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