Monday 21 August 2017

Kate Middleton looks elegant in emerald lace dress as she talks about Prince George signing up to 'big school'

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge views artworks during the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), walks with Nicholas Cullinan Director of the National Portrait Gallery, as she arrives to attend the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge views work by artist Gillian Wearing during the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to attend the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017
The Duchess of Cambridge greets model Alexa Chung at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
The Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs the Portrait Gala 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
The Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
The Duchess of Cambridge with Chair of Trustees William Proby at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to attend the 2017 Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, Britain. (Photo by Neil Hall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
The Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
The Duchess of Cambridge greets model Alexa Chung at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Director of the National Portrait Gallery Nicholas Cullinan as she arrives to attend the 2017 Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, Britain. (Photo by Neil Hall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2017 Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, Britain. (Photo by Neil Hall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Portrait Gala 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Portrait Gala 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Alexa Chung attends the Portrait Gala 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend a ceremony to mark their departure at Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to attend the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017
Prince George of Cambridge waves as he leaves from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron near Victoria international airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2017 Portrait Gala
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to attend the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017

Catherine Wylie

BRITAIN'S Kate Middleton has said she is not sure Prince George "has any idea what's going to hit him" when he starts school in September.

Kate was chatting to guests at the 2017 Portrait Gala in the National Portrait Gallery in London when the subject of George's school came up.

It was announced last week that the young prince will attend Thomas's Battersea School from September.

As she toured around the gallery on Tuesday evening, Kate met parents from the school and told them she may see them there in future, adding: "I'm not sure George has any idea what's going to hit him."

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), walks with Nicholas Cullinan Director of the National Portrait Gallery, as she arrives to attend the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), walks with Nicholas Cullinan Director of the National Portrait Gallery, as she arrives to attend the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017

She spoke with Richard Found, who runs an architecture and design practice, and his wife Jane Suitor, an art consultant and collector.

Before moving on, Kate said: "I may see you at the school gates."

Day fees cost £6,110, according to last year's Tatler Schools Guide.

George will be four years old when he starts at the private co-educational day school, which proudly states its most important rule is to "be kind".

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.

Kate viewed the latest exhibitions and met guests at the gala, before having dinner at the London attraction.

The Duchess, who has been patron of the gallery since 2012, dazzled in a full length, lace green gown by Temperley, and hailed the "amazing" work on display.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs the Portrait Gala 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs the Portrait Gala 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

She wore her hair loose and carried a gold sparkly clutch, finishing off her look with glittering drop earrings.

Among those she met as she made her way through the gallery were fashion designer Erdem and fashionista Alexa Chung who is chair of the 2017 gala committee.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2017 Portrait Gala, at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 28, 2017

She viewed two exhibitions - Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, and Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another Mask.

To help raise funds, a range of artwork has been especially created, including 10 masks by the likes of Dame Vivienne Westwood and Philip Treacy, and 100 postcard-sized works of art for a mystery portrait postcard sale.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Portrait Gala 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Portrait Gala 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Kate had the chance to view both of these collections during the evening and said of the postcards: "Well, they're all amazing."

This is the second gala that Kate has attended and, as in previous years, the funds raised will support the National Portrait Gallery's work in delivering exhibitions and displays, offering learning opportunities and undertaking research.

The 2017 gala is fundraising for Coming Home, a project that will make it possible for portraits of people to return to places that are special to them for a loan period of over three years.

Coming Home will enable sitters such as Sir Walter Raleigh to return to Dorset, the Bronte sisters to Yorkshire and David Beckham to Essex.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was announced that Kate will visit Luxembourg to attend commemorations marking the 150th anniversary of a treaty that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality.

She will travel to the country on May 11 to attend events celebrating the 1867 Treaty of London, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The visit is likely to be interpreted as another trip being made by a member of the Royal Family in their role as "Brexit Ambassadors", as they have been dubbed by the press.

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