Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Kate strikes a pose at Vogue exhibition

The Duchess of Cambridge at the Vogue 100 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery tonight
(photo @KensingtonRoyal Instagram)

It's one thing to be on the cover of Vogue, it's another altogether to see those portraits in an exhibition. Tonight, the Duchess of Cambridge was at the National Portrait Gallery in London to see two of the already world famous images from her photo session with British Vogue in a new display to mark the magazine's centenary.

Kate is patron of the gallery - it was one of the first associations she took up following her marriage to Prince William - and she's no stranger to an engagement or two at the famous London landmark. But this is the first time she's walked through its door and straight into two larger than life photos of herself.

Kate comes face to face with herself at the National Portrait Gallery
(photo @KensingtonRoyal Twitter)

We've already seen the two portraits several times over - they were both released ahead of the magazine when it was announced at the weekend that Kate would be starring in the June edition of Vogue. But we hadn't see the Duchess examining herself close up and in full frame.

Kate's photos are hanging alongside some of the most famous covers in the magazine's history and among all those photos from the archives is one featuring William's mother, Diana, on a 1981 cover. One of the Princess Royal's famous photos from the Vogue archives is also on display. Kate posed briefly in the room with Diana's image in it before moving on to the rest of the exhibition.

One of the photos of Kate in the June edition of British Vogue

She had warm words for Josh Olins who took the photos of her for the magazine and she chatted with several of the organisers about how the exhibition had been put together.

The Duchess of Cambridge touring the Vogue 100 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery
(photo @KensingtonRoyal Twitter)

We got another chance to see the pretty pastel pink McQueen two piece outfit debuted in Adelaide in 2014 tonight. It looks just as good though an updo might have made it even better and while there were statement earrings, Kate made another statement of her own by keeping the jewellery minimal.

This glitzy engagement comes at the end of a day which has seen Kate open the Magic Garden at Hampton Court and undertake her first official duties as patron of mental health charity, the Anna Freud Centre. But there was only one big royal headline of the day. Vogue, Hampton Court, McQueen and Ilincic and what we'll remember is Marvin the hamster whose existence was revealed by Kate earlier in the day. That's royal life for you.

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