Sunday, 4 March 2012

Duchess Kate Visits Childhood Museum, Has Kate's First Portrait Been Painted? + Latest Cover

Last Friday Duchess Kate paid a private solo visit to the V&A Museum of Childhood accompanied by heavy security. Kate was eager to see the Magic Worlds exhibition which explores the world of fairy tales and fantasy literature. The 30 year old spent over an hour walking around the site in East London. According to a source Kate is very interested in the museum and while there are no imminent plans it's a possibility she will take it on as another patronage.

'The Witch's House' by Mary Tempest from the 'Magic Worlds' exhibition.


The V&A is truly a mesmerising museum housing the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection of child related objects and artefacts spanning the 1600s to the present day. Over 400,000 people visit annually to view the collection of dolls, puppets, teddy bears, games, art and photography. If any of you reading are parents your children would enjoy the Kid's pages on the website. Below we take a look at the Kaleidoscope which uses mirrors and coloured glass to create a unique picture. Those of you who are young at heart might enjoy these games too :)


I would think the V&A is a fitting choice for Kate, It would involve working with children whilst utilising her History of Art degree. Would you like to see Kate become a patron of the museum? If you're interested in supporting the museum you can visit the online shop.


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It is being reported that one of Kate's patronages the National Portrait Gallery has been the first to commission a portrait of the Duchess. Daily Mail reporter Quentin Letts source saw Kate leaving the London studio of portrait painter Nicky Philips. The 47 year old drew a portrait of William and Harry in uniform in 2010. 


Mr Lettis phoned the gallery who declined who did not return his call. Not content with this he personally phoned Ms Philips herself. The artist did not answer for a moment and became flustered before saying 'no comment' and hanging up. Has Kate's first portrait already been painted? If so was she decked out in jewels or did she possibly wear her Sarah Burton wedding gown? I look forward to hearing confirmation, gauging the veracity of this story and of course seeing the final result. 

                                                                                 Jagjot Singh Rubal Painting


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A photo of Kate from the millies (and our blog header :))  graces the cover of Royalty's current issue.


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Source (Quentin Lettis Daily Mail, Royalty, Jagjot Singh Rubal Painting)

20 comments:

  1. Kate would be an amazing patron for the v&a

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  2. Kate would be an amazing patron for the v&a

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  3. I would love it is she chose to work with V&A

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  4. Of all the musuems in London the V&A is one I have not been to yet, perhaps this exhibition will give me an opportunity to go!

    I am really looking forward to seeing Kate's first portrait when it is painted, it's part of becoming a royal!

    http://duchesscatherinestyleblog.blogspot.com/

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  5. I agree; Kate would be a very good patron for the V&A.

    And I hope it's true that Nicky Philips is the artist. Her portrait of William and Harry was amazing. And it's quite possible that Kate posed in her wedding dress. (Princess Diana did after her marriage.)

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  6. Royalfan and Soph - I am desperately hoping this ruomur is true and Nicky Philips is indeed the artist. I'm hoping for the wedding dress with some iconic jewellery from the Royal collection.

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  7. Who is the guy painting the Will/Kate image from Belfast?

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  8. His name is Jagjot Singh Rubal :)

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  9. I would love to see the beauitful Duchess in her wedding dress. And then once that one is completed, see one of the Prince & his Duchess. that could be for their first wedding anniversary.
    Any one know why the Duchess did not sit for her portrait before now?
    Now can't wait until Thursday when the Queen & the Duchess will be together without Camilla.

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  10. Perhaps with the tour and William's RAF work they waited for the portrait, also it ties in nicely with Kate's patronage, the National Portrait gallery. Thank you for your comment Pauline :)

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  11. Wonderful post as usual. I'm looking forward to see a royal portrait of our Kate.
    I loved V&A museum and I hope Kate will support this amazing Museum.
    Have a good day.

    Alice

    laparigidimariaantonietta.blogspot.com

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  12. Thank you for your lovely comment Alice :)

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  13. Pauline makes a good point... I can't wait to see a portrait of William and Kate. The setting and style may be different from the norm for this young couple.

    And I totally agree about Thursday's engagement with the Queen and Kate.

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  14. Absolutely I think they're first joint portrait will reflect their personalities and will be like their engagement photos simple yet fabulous.

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  15. Let's all hope that the Duchess's Prince will be with her on the 19th. That would be great for her since she is making her first speech. I am sure she would be more comfortable with her Prince by her side. He should be home from his deployment.
    Either way I feel the Duchess will do great and look beautiful & stunning.

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  16. These kind of post are always inspiring and I prefer to read quality content so I happy to find many good point here in the post, writing is simply great, thank you for the post

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  17. wow great i have read many articles about this topic and everytime i learn something new i dont think it will ever stop always new info , Thanks for all of your hard work!

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  18. Pauline - I do miss seeing William with Kate luckily he will be back soon.

    Teddy Bears - Thank you for your lovely comments :)

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  19. Hi!!
    Great post as usual!!
    I am marking my calendar for the 19th!! And, of course, I will look to you for up-to-the-minute information on that day.
    I absolutely cannot wait to see the portrait and am looking forward to a couple's portrait as well--they are so striking together!
    I agree with everyone here: you are doing an amazing job with this blog!
    Gotta run (I'm at the office right now and am swamped--but I had to check in!!)
    :)

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  20. Thank you for your lovely comment Shantal! It's a month of firsts for Kate, first speech, first military solo engagement all very exciting.

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