Sunday, February 26, 2012

Duchess Kate Performs First Official Solo Engagement At The National Portrait Gallery

The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first official solo engagement tonight, visiting one of her patronages The National Portrait Gallery to view the Lucian Freud Exhibition.


Lucian Freud is widely considered the best figurative artist of his generation. This exhibition entitled 'The People In My Life' is being described as a fitting farewell to Freud who died last year. Insightful paintings of the people closest to him demonstrate the drama and depth to his work. Featuring over 100 works from museums and private collections throughout the world, the exhibition is being hailed as the event of the year. Officially opening to the public tomorrow, you can book tickets here.

"I've always wanted to create drama in my pictures, which is why I paint people. It's people who have brought drama to pictures from the beginning. The simplest human gestures tell stories".
                                                                                                                                    Lucian Freud

Kate told photographer Mary McCarthy (daughter of Paul McCartney) she has been looking up her work and was hugely impressed by it.  Kate toured the gallery and admired the collection of portraits, As an Art History graduate, Kate will be familiar with Freud's style.


Kate decided to choose a different designer for this occasion. Wearing a beautiful tweed, grey dress coat with a large shawl collar, designed by Joyce Stewart from Jesiré. Jesiré is a high street label stocked in department stores, but unfortunately this is one Kate piece fans won't be able to get their hands on as Jesiré went into liquidation last year. Kate bought the dress in 2010 for the sale price of £60. Kate was the picture of understated elegance. I love this look and there's something rather 1950s about the silhouette. What do you think?

Kate wore her chic Jimmy Choos Cosmic Suede Pumps. Kate previously wore them to the Millies. They are available for €525 and are described as

"These black suede, almond toed Jimmy Choo's cosmic shoes are five inches high with a one inch platform. Jimmu Choo's black suede pumps provide a chic foundation to any outfit".

Kate accessorised with her black suede clutch and a detailed belt. 

For jewellery Kate chose her Asprey pendant and her diamond bracelet and earrings (With many thanks to My Small Obsessions)

Tonight's engagement is one of many for Kate this year. On June 4th, The Duchess will attend The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert. Artists from every decade of the Queen's reign will perform. Stars Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, JLS, Elton John, Shirley Bassey and Cliff Richard have been confirmed to play at the historic event organised by one of Kate's favourite singers, Gary Barlow. The concert will take place outside the front gates of Buckingham Palace. Now for the really exciting part... 10,000 free tickets will be available via ballot until March 2. For more information on the tickets Click Here.

 A look at the spectacular stage....

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