Sunday 22 October 2017

Kate Middleton stuns in powder blue suit as she makes solo visit to Luxembourg

Kate Middleton in Emilia Wickstead
Kate Middleton in Emilia Wickstead
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving with Crown Princess Stephanie at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
Crown Princess Stephanie arriving at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) for a visit with the Duchess of Cambridge during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at MUDAM (Musv©e dÄôArt Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
The Duchess of Cambridge is given some flowers as she arrives with Crown Princess Stephanie at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving with Crown Princess Stephanie at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving with Crown Princess Stephanie at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she arrives with Belgian Countess and wife of Hereditary Grand-Duke of Luxembourg Stephanie de Lannoy (R) during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) arrives with Belgian Countess and wife of Hereditary Grand-Duke of Luxembourg Stephanie de Lannoy during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) arrives with Belgian Countess and wife of Hereditary Grand-Duke of Luxembourg Stephanie de Lannoy during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Hereditary Grand Duchesse of Luxembourg during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Hereditary Grand Duchesse of Luxembourg during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
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Kate Middleton opted for one of her favourite designers for a solo sojourn abroad today.

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge stunned a powder blue coat dress by Emilia Wickstead, finishing off her trademark look with a pair of modest nude court shoes, nude leather clutch and a bouncy blowdry.

The mother-of-two, who made her first solo appearance abroad in The Netherlands in October, flew to Luxembourg this morning as part of the 'Brexit charm offensive' in order to foster relations between the UK and the rest of Europe.

But it's a mixture of business and pleasure for Kate, a history of art graduate who is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery, as she first met with Luxembourg's Crown Princess Stephanie at the capital city's museum of modern art Mudam.

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality

Stephanie is the wife of Prince Guillaume, heir to the throne of Luxembourg, and is the deputy president of the museum's board. They were given a guided tour of exhibitions by two British modern artists Sir Tony Cragg and Darren Almond.

Kate flew privately to the country to join national celebrations marking the signing of a historic treaty, brokered 150 years ago in London, that secured the future of the land-locked state.

Yvonne White, Britain's deputy ambassador to Luxembourg, stressed the visit was not linked to Brexit, but said the Duchess had been invited as events marking the 1867 Treaty of London, which confirmed Luxembourg's independence and neutrality, were of huge importance to the country.

She said: "There has been a lot of interest in this visit by the Duchess locally, not just from the media but from local people too, and it will certainly help bilateral relations between our countries."

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) arrives with Belgian Countess and wife of Hereditary Grand-Duke of Luxembourg Stephanie de Lannoy during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) arrives with Belgian Countess and wife of Hereditary Grand-Duke of Luxembourg Stephanie de Lannoy during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

The diplomat added: "We have a good strong bilateral relationship and always have with the Luxembourgers, they still very much recognise the role we had in liberating them during the war and we have a very strong relationship between the two financial centres particularly, and that's something we are very anxious to continue and maintain.

"There are also close ties between the two royal families, with three generations of the Luxembourg royal family having been educated at our military academy at Sandhurst."

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving with Crown Princess Stephanie at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving with Crown Princess Stephanie at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality

Additional reporting by Press Association

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Hereditary Grand Duchesse of Luxembourg during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Hereditary Grand Duchesse of Luxembourg during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
The Duchess of Cambridge is given some flowers as she arrives with Crown Princess Stephanie at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
The Duchess of Cambridge is given some flowers as she arrives with Crown Princess Stephanie at MUDAM (Musze d'Art Moderne) during a day of visits in Luxembourg where she is attending commemorations marking the 150th anniversary 1867 Treaty of London, that confirmed the country's independence and neutrality
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Hereditary Grand Duchesse of Luxembourg during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Hereditary Grand Duchesse of Luxembourg during the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London in Luxembourg, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

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