Kate Middleton takes inspiration from Jackie O in powder blue suit in first solo trip abroad
Published 11/10/2016 | 13:12
Kate Middleton made a splash during her first solo royal engagement abroad.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been accompanying her husband with official duties since before their 2011 wedding, embarking on a number of events alone in the following years, but she has flown to the Netherlands today in her most high profile move yet.
The mother-of-two will spend the day in The Hague and Rotterdam where her itinerary will cover a range of events from a visit to an art exhibition of Old Masters to a round table discussion on a variety of themes from addiction to mental health.
Today, she met with King Willem-Alexander, taking more than a little influence from former First Lady Jackie O in a powder blue skirt suit by Catherine Walker, wearing her hair in a low bun and a pair of pearl earrings.
On Monday, she marked World Mental Health Day with Princes William and Harry and met with youths as part of their work with Heads Together, their first appearance since returning from the royal Canada tour last week.
Kate was greeted by the Dutch king on her arrival at The Hague and it's believed she will meet his wife Queen Maxima and their three daughters, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane during her time at the Villa Eikenhorst.
In 2014, she was scheduled to visit Malta alone but was forced to cancel due to suffering from acute morning sickness while pregnant with Princess Charlotte.
The family home is on the forested De Horsten estate in Wassenaar near The Hague, and despite being a private residence the Dutch monarch sometimes hosts foreign guests.
Art is an interest of the Duchess, who is patron of the National Portrait Gallery, and later she will travel to the Mauritshuis art museum in The Hague to see an exhibition featuring Dutch old masters loaned by the Royal Collection - artwork, furniture and other objects accumulated over centuries by the British monarchy.
The highlight of the attraction will be Vermeer's The Music Lesson and Kate will see the painting after she has toured the gallery's permanent collection.
Before leaving the Duchess will meet children taking part in the gallery's learning programme and attend a short reception with museum supporters.
At the official residence of Sir Geoffrey Adams, Britain's ambassador to the Netherlands, Kate will convene a round table discussion on the themes of addiction, intervention, family and mental health.
Sitting at the table will be professionals from the Netherlands' Trimbos Institute, a non-profit research centre working on the issues of mental health and addiction.
They will be joined by counterparts from two of the Duchess' UK charities - the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, a leading charity in the research, teaching and the provision of care for children and young people with mental health issues, and Action on Addiction.
Later Kate will travel to the neighbouring city of Rotterdam to learn about a community initiative that provides a public workshop in an economically deprived district, with its facilities aimed at teenagers.
Residents pay by sharing their skills with others, providing education, skills and positive role models within the neighbourhood.