Friday 18 August 2017

PICTURE: Kate Middleton jets home from the Netherlands on a commercial flight

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Bouwkeet, a workshop project for teenagers on October 11, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Bouwkeet, a workshop project for teenagers on October 11, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the British Ambassador's Residence in The Hague on October 11, 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Danny Lawson-Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, looks at the famous Dutch 17th century painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer during her visit to the historic Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague's city centre, where she viewed 22 paintings by Dutch masters on loan from the British Royal Collection
The Duchess of Cambridge meets pupils in a bike building class during a visit to the De Bouwkeet Work Space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the De Bouwkeet Work Space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Duchess of Cambridge meets pupils in a robotics class during a visit to the De Bouwkeet Work Space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Duchess of Cambridge meets pupils in a wool class during a visit to the De Bouwkeet Work Space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Duchess of Cambridge meets pupils in a wool class during a visit to the De Bouwkeet Work Space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Duchess of Cambridge departs after a visit to the De Bouwkeet Work Space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Duchess of Cambridge departs after a visit to the De Bouwkeet Work Space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Duchess of Cambridge views Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer at the Mauritshuis in The Hague where she visited an exhibition of 22 picture by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection.
The Duchess of Cambridge views Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer at the Mauritshuis in The Hague where she visited an exhibition of 22 picture by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection.
The Duchess of Cambridge views Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer at the Mauritshuis in The Hague where she visited an exhibition of 22 picture by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection.
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits the historic Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague's city centre, where she viewed 22 paintings by Dutch masters on loan from the British Royal Collection as part of a current exhibition
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, walk through a set doors at the residence of the British Ambassador in The Hague
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reacts as she leaves after visiting the exhibition "Vermeer and Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection" at The Mauritshuis art museum
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after visiting the exhibition "Vermeer and Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection" at The Mauritshuis art museum - home to the best of Dutch Golden Age painting, in The Hague
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after visiting the exhibition "Vermeer and Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection" at The Mauritshuis art museum
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a 'bike-building' class at Bouwkeet workshop project for teenagers on October 11, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets pupils in a woollen class at Bouwkeet workshop project for teenagers on October 11, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to visit the Mauritshuis Gallery during a solo visit to the Hague on October 11, 2016 in the Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Mauritshuis Gallery during a solo visit to the Hague on October 11, 2016 in the Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the British Ambassador's Residence in The Hague on October 11, 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Danny Lawson-Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leaves Bouwkeet, the social Makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken, a community education and technology project in Rotterdam
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leaves Bouwkeet, the social Makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken, a community education and technology project in Rotterdam
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kensington Palace clearly wanted to make sure Kate Middleton's first solo trip abroad was one to remember.

The Duchess of Cambridge flew to The Netherlands on Tuesday for her first overseas engagement on her own for a whistlestop tour of The Hague and Rotterdam to meet King Willem-Alexander , explore a historic art museum and met with local teenagers.

The trip is being described as "part of the British charm offensive" after Brexit.

And charm she did - Kate ended the day with a commercial flight back to Britain no the 7:15 British Airways flight from Rotterdam and pictures of her boarding seat 1A have since gone viral.

Wearing a powder blue Catherine Walker skirt suit, the mother-of-two seemed to pay homage to an international style icon before her - former US First Lady Jackie O with her hair in a low bun and pearl drop earrings.

Throughout the successful one-day trip, Kate visited Mauritshuis Museum where she was pictured up close with the famous Dutch 17th century painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer, as well as 22 paintings by Dutch masters on loan from the British Royal Collection as part of a current exhibition.

Her accessories were apt for the occasion - she wore Queen Elizabeth II's pearl earrings for what might be the best photo set-up we've ever seen.

She holds a history of art degree from St Andrew's and described the visit as "a real treat" to the museum's director Emilie Gordenker, who accompanied her around the premises.

The Duchess of Cambridge views Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer at the Mauritshuis in The Hague where she visited an exhibition of 22 picture by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection.
The Duchess of Cambridge views Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer at the Mauritshuis in The Hague where she visited an exhibition of 22 picture by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection.

"She didn’t mention the earrings she was wearing, but she was interested in the painting. She asked if it had become a lot more popular since the film came out, and I said it definitely had," she told the Telegraph.

"The Duchess seemed to particularly enjoy seeing The Goldfinch, by Carel Fabritius, but she asked a lot of questions about the presentation of the paintings, because although she is familiar with a lot of the Queen’s paintings she has never seen them in this setting before, which gives them a different context."

Onlookers said she was happy to shake as many hands as possible, although she denied many requests for selfies.

She previously joked that other members of the royal family "tease" her for taking too long.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to visit the Mauritshuis Gallery during a solo visit to the Hague on October 11, 2016 in the Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to visit the Mauritshuis Gallery during a solo visit to the Hague on October 11, 2016 in the Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)

"There’s a real art to walkabouts, everybody teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting," she said in a rare interview in May.

"I still have to learn a little bit more, and to pick up a few more tips, I suppose."

She also visited a local primary school's art class and volunteers at a centre focusing on giving youths practical skills like maintenance and repair skills.

"When I met her I told her my hands were dirty but she still shook it and said ‘sometimes my hands are dirty too’," volunteer Richenel Lensa said.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets pupils in a bike building class during a visit to the De Bouwkeet Work Space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Duchess of Cambridge meets pupils in a bike building class during a visit to the De Bouwkeet Work Space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

"The kids are very happy to see that someone important has come here to see what they are doing."

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