Thursday, 7 July 2016

The art of being Kate

The Duchess of Cambridge gets arty at the awards for Museum of the Year 2016
(photo Kensington Royal Twitter)

The Duchess of Cambridge got all arty last night as she headed to one of London's most famous cultural icons to present a major award.  Kate was at the Natural History Museum to hand out the Museum of the Year prize for the Art Fund. And the winner had a very familiar royal name.

In the end the big prize went to the museum next door to the Kensington landmark where the ceremony was being held. Kate handed over Museum of the Year to the Victoria and Albert which was described as now being one of the best attractions in the world.

The award is handed out to an organisation that has shown exceptional achievement in the past year and in 2016 the shortlist consisted of five well known museums. Ahead of the big announcement, the Duchess of Cambridge met representatives from all the finalists as well as the judging panel who had to pick between them.

Kate got the job of making the big announcement as well as handing over the prize which is worth £100,000 to the winners.

But while they were getting plaudits for their achievements, Kate was getting plenty of attention for her own big win. The cream off the shoulder dress chosen by the Duchess of Cambridge was a huge hit all round.

Designed by Barbara Casasola, it featured a fitted waist, mid length skirt with a flare at the bottom as well as the bare shoulder effect which Kate seemed to be quite enjoying. Already dubbed a Bardot dress, this is a daring choice for the duchess but she suited it.

Kate has several more engagements lined  up in the coming weeks and that's before we get our annual glimpse of her at Wimbledon. It's not clear when she'll be at the All England Tennis Club - there was talk earlier this year that she will soon be taking over the presentation of the trophies.

 In the past year, Kate has put a lot of focus on two areas she really enjoys - sport and culture. So after an evening where she got all arty, expect an afternoon of being sport very soon.

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