The Duchess of Cambridge attended a gala at the National Portrait Gallery on the evening of 28th March, and looked every inch the regal princess in a green lace Temperley London gown. It’s a label Catherine clearly loves too, having been spotted in another dress by the designer in a trip to India in 2016.
Catherine attended the event in her capacity as patron for the National Portrait Gallery, a position she has held for the last few years. The event was held to celebrate the gallery and its works.
Catherine was met by the director of the NPG Dr Nicholas Cullian, who escorted her to look at an exhibition by Howard Hodgkin called Absent Friends. The Duchess was also later shown ten masks by artists including Philip Treacy and Dame Vivienne Westwood, which are set to be sold by the gallery to raise money for charity. Artist Gillian Wearing also gave Catherine a private tour of some pieces.
And the event may have proven more than useful for the royal, as she crossed paths with parents there whose children attend the very same school that Prince George is due to attend in September, Thomas’s Battersea. She was introduced to Richard Found, a designer, and his wife Jane Suitor, an art consultant and collector, who reassured the Duchess it was a “great school”.
“We were chatting about Thomas’s, the school George will be going to”, said Richard Found.
And she may have already made a friend, as Found also said “We’re parents there as well. She just said ‘I may see you at the school gates’.”
Catherine also admitted that she knows starting a new school could well be a challenge for her young son. She revealed to Jane and Richard, “I’m not sure George has any idea what’s going to hit him!”
The Duchess wasn’t the only famous face in attendance at the event. Alexa Chung also put in an appearance, donning an off-the-shoulder polka-dot dress, with her father Philip. He mentioned to Catherine just how much art he’d built up thanks to his children, and she agreed, stating that she’d also begun to start gathering her children’s art work.
The event was also a bit of a family affair, as Catherine’s brother James Middleton’s girlfriend Donna Air was also in attendence. Samantha Cameron and Sophie Ellis Bextor also showed up to the event in support of the gallery.
But this isn’t the first time the Duchess has been to the annual National Portrait Gallery Gala, having also attended back in 2013 and 2014. She also famously visited the ‘Vogue 100: A Century Of Style’ exhibition at the gallery in 2016, when she appeared on one of the magazine’s summer covers.