The red carpet is out and tonight Grazia Daily is hob-nobbing with Royalty (and otherwise.) Yep, we’re at the National Portrait Gallery for the Lucien Freud Portraits Exhibition to greet none other than the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate Middleton is here to carry out her first official duty, on her own. So we thought we’d pop down to support her – and we’re not the only ones. Kate’s fans are Out. In. Force.
For the occasion, the Duchess chose to wear a double breasted coat dress in grey, which the Palace confirms is made by Jesiré. It features a full, flared skirt and a shawl collar draped over her shoulders and is nipped in at the waist with a belt.
Kate's accessorised her look with a black clutch adorned with a bow, a silver necklace and matching diamond bracelet. Brilliant blog What Kate Wore confirms that her earrings are the pair that we first saw in Canada while the necklace is in fact an Asprey Button Pendant that consists of white pavé diamonds surrounding a central amethyst, all set in 18ct white gold. Well, she is a Duchess.
As for her footwear, the DoC chose black court shoes in suede by Jimmy Choo. Many of you have noted she was wearing nude tights. And her brunette tresses are in their signature style - loose and impossibly glossy. Here's a full length shot of her inside the gallery:
The Duchess of Cambridge is visiting the London gallery in Trafalgar Square to view the Lucian Freud portrait exhibition. Late last year, the Princess became patron of the gallery – not surprising, since she has a degree in history of art from St Andrews, where she famously met her Prince.
Kate, who is said to greatly admire the artist, will be treated to a private viewing of Freud’s work, featuring his most important portraits from the 1940’s right through to the one he was painting shortly before he died in 2011.
And, Grazia Daily has heard on the grape-vine that soon enough, Kate could soon be appearing at the gallery herself. No, we’re not repeating ourselves – though she broke protocol by refusing to sit for a painting following her wedding in April, rumours suggest that Kate is in talks to sit for her first official portrait.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, gallery director Sandy Nairne said: 'It's very early days, but we've started a discussion. It will be at least the summer before there's anything concrete and we can start to look for an artist.
'It's very exciting. She came to see us last September when she was deciding which organisations to support. She was fizzing with intelligent questions.'
Wowza, ‘fizzing’ - we can’t wait to see it, can you? The Freud exhibition opens to the public tomorrow and will run until May 27. But for now, do tell: what do you make of Kate's latest outfit? And for more of the DoC's ensembles, check out Grazia's Kate Middleton Look Book.