The Art Room works with children to increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. The reception marked the organisation's 11th anniversary and the launch of the Pledge For the Future Appeal.
Kate looked very happy as she greeted people upon arrival. Over several hundred people and fifty members of the media turned up to the event.
The National Portrait Gallery is also one of Kate's patronages and it must have been very exciting for the children who have availed of programmes at one of the charity's dedicated art rooms to see such exquisite art for themselves.
The gallery is a wonderful place to visit, housing an incredible collection of portraits, including Paul Emsley's controversial first official painted portrait of the Duchess. Perhaps the children will be inspired to emulate some of the pieces they see at their next art class.
Kate talked with children who have benefited from The Art Room and professionals who work with the youngsters.
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'Tiertha, 15 from Regent's School in Camden said "I have a picture of Kate on my bedroom wall in her wedding dress. I told her and she said 'wow' and she asked if William was in it as well and I said 'yes' and she said 'good'.
As a history of art graduate and a keen photographer Kate is hugely passionate about the arts and the positive impact it can have.
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No doubt Kate was impressed to see William and Harry's painting
Many of the children who go to The Art Room are disengaged from mainstream education, disruptive or withdrawn, and all have been identified as needing special time away from their classrooms. The results have proven that in a caring and creative environment the most challenging children can 'learn to achieve through art'. Whilst researching for the post I was lucky enough to see some of the children's work on the Facebook Page and I must say they are hugely talented; this talent should be nurtured and will be thanks to The Art Room.
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The artistic students also made this beautiful painted box and fruit bowl.
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The Duchess made a short speech and said she is a "firm believe in the the power of art to make a difference and The Art Room makes this on a daily basis".
'We all stand here tonight to celebrate this wonderful work. I hope that you will join me in congratulating The Art Room and their supporters on these extraordinary achievements.
As patron of The Art Room, I feel immense pride to see the amazing work that they are doing but I also feel hugely excited to look to a future with more Art Rooms, where many more challenging and vulnerable children will be helped'.
If you wish to view the speech, you can do so by clicking here. The Duchess stayed for just over an hour before leaving.
Kate chose a sleeveless pale blue dress by Emilia Wickstead for the reception. The empire line frock is very much a 1960s inspired piece and I think it's the most beautiful maternity wear garment the Duchess has worn thus far, it's a custom made piece and the colour is simply darling. Kate is almost seven months pregnant now and I expect we'll see more simple and elegant pieces like this in the coming months. The exact piece is not available to buy but if you're a fan of Wickstead's designs a number of her pieces are available at Matches.
The Duchess wore her grey suede Rupert Sanderson 'Malone' pumps.
A look at Kate's dazzling diamond drop earrings.
I loved Kate's hair tonight. She wore it half up and from the photo below you can see how long it's getting.
Earlier this evening it was revealed that the photographer who took the topless photos of Kate in France and the publisher of Closer Magazine have been charged. The royal family have dealt with media intrusion all their lives and know how to pick their battles. By pursuing this William is making it abundantly clear it is absolutely unacceptable and he isn't going to allow a repeat of what happened to his mother. I commend his tenacity on the matter and hope the couple aren't dragged through such an incident ever again.
More on this from Sky's royal reporter Paul Harrison:
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On Friday Kate will join William and Harry for a trip to Warner Bros. Studios in Hertfordshire. I'm looking forward to seeing the royal trio together!