Another engagement has been added to Kate's schedule; on April 24 the Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception at the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate the work of her patronage The Art Room. Kate will meet children who have benefited from the organisation, and practitioners working with the children to provide therapeutic intervention.
The Duchess became patron of The Art Room, an excellent choice which allows her to combine her love of art and children whilst working for a very worthy cause. The charity works with children to increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. The reception marks the launch of the Pledge for the Future appeal and their 11th anniversary.
|The Art Room|
I enjoyed reading this quote from The Art Room's Twitter feed:
|The Art Room Twitter Feed|
Kate visited The Art Room in Oxford in February 2012.
|The Art Room|
And in June 2012 she invited 150 children from the charity to watch a production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in Kensington Gardens.
It's been quiet a while since the Duchess has attended an evening reception, and it will be the first time we see her wearing a maternity wear piece as Kate has opted for a selection of altered coats in recent months. I expect we could see a bespoke piece from Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham, Beulah London or another favourite of Kate's.
On June 4th at 11.00 a.m. the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and members of the Royal Family will attend a service at Westminster Abbey (where the Cambridges were married) to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's coronation. William and Kate's attendance has not been confirmed but it is very much expected.
To mark the anniversary a special prayer has been written by Westminster Abbey and will be used during the service with the approval of the Queen.
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said
'This prayer expresses our thanks to God for the Queen's long and duteous reign and for Her Majesty's example of faithful and committed service to the nation and commonwealth.'
The service looks like a very fitting way to celebrate the Queen's 60th anniversary and the special prayer is beautifully written. I'm sure it will be televised, more on this as details are revealed.
Kate's calender is getting quite full with a number of solo engagements pencilled in and more to be announced at a later date. Taken from the sidebar, 'Kate's Upcoming Dates'.
There is also a concert at Westminster Abbey celebrating Her Majesty's anniversary on June 13, another possibility for the Duchess.
In today's fashion corner we look at the latest collection from Kate favourite Jaeger. The British brand's spring sale offers up to 50% off selected lines and an additional 20% off womenswear with the discount code STYL8JGR.
Eye-catching pieces on sale include the Sketch Check Dress reduced from £175 to £99, the Wrap Tulip Dress reduced from £225 to £99, the Blurred Spot Dress reduced from £199 to £99 and the Breton Pleated Knit Dress reduced from £160 to £99.
There are a selection of beautiful pieces very much in keeping with Kate's style that would look simply wonderful on the Duchess with modification or after her pregnancy including the ivory Broderie Lace Dress, the Pleated Silk Dress, the Grosgrain Dress and Jacket which is teamed with the pretty Spot Print Dress below.
The Pleated Shirt Dress Kate wore during the royal tour last year is still available in yellow, pink and coral for £180.