PICTURE: Kate Middleton jets home from the Netherlands on a commercial flight
Published 12/10/2016 | 07:59
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.
Can you imagine sitting on the plane waiting to take off and Kate Middleton walks on. My dream! She obvi got to get off the plane first pic.twitter.com/fqzho0eGau— Alyssa Ashton (@AlyssaJAshton) October 12, 2016
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.
"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.
"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 kids are very happy to see that someone important has come here to see what they are doing."