The Duchess has been patron of The Art Room since 2012. Her patronage reflects her interest in the arts and in particular her interest in using the creativity of art to enrich the lives of young people. Today's engagement was actually scheduled for Kate last October, however, she had to cancel due to illness. Kate was said to be "hugely disappointed" at the time and obviously wanted to ensure it was rescheduled.
Kate was greeted with a warm welcome from staff and students before being shown into the new Art Room.
Kate was delighted to receive a chair from pupils.
Her Royal Highness chatting with artist Grayson Perry who is also patron of the charity.
The Clore Art Room offers therapeutic support to pupils of Barlby Primary School and Oxford Gardens School. Highly-trained staff and volunteers work with small groups of children aged 5-11 in 1 hour 45 minute sessions. Each week, up to 85 children are able to access The Art Room’s methodology works through sessions designed to provide students with self-confidence, self-esteem and independence using creativity and self-expression.
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There are a number of reasons reasons why children are referred to The Art Room and why they need time away from their mainstream classrooms including bereavement and family breakdown. The organisation works closely with the schools to ensure the children who attend come at a time when they most need it. It is quite something to note this is the ninth Art Room helping children - resulting from the culmination of sustained support from the grant-making charity, Clore Duffield Foundation, who made the decision to open and fund the costs of the studio for three years.
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Below we see examples of projects that students have worked on at The Art Room. As you can see they are all incredibly talented! If you wish to find out more or donate please click here.
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Her Royal Highness joined in a round table discussion about the charity's work with education professionals, Dame Vivien Duffield and Grayson Perry.
A group of children showed Kate a selection of their artwork.
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Juli Beattie, Founder-Director said, "We are so delighted to be able to show HRH The Duchess of Cambridge the new studio. Her interest and understanding in all that we do has been instrumental to the charity over the last few years".
Moving on to what Kate wore today.
The Duchess chose the 'Naomi' dress by British luxury and maternity wear label Madderson London (the website experienced technical issues minutes after it was announced Kate was in one of their pieces - 'The Kate Effect'). The brand was favoured by Zara Tindall during her pregnancy. For Kate's second pregnancy she's opting for more maternity wear pieces and today's choice was stylish, elegant and looked to be a comfortable selection for the Duchess.
The A-line shift dress is currently discounted from £450 to £225 and comes in UK sizes 8-14.
More from the product description:
'Channel the 1960s trend of the season in our 'Naomi' shift. The navy wool comes from Hainsworth, a heritage British mill that clothed the soldiers in the Battle of Waterloo. We've trimmed it with French tweed to transform a simple silhouette into something special.'
More on the garment from a press release issued by Hainsworth:
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Kate teamed the dress with her trusty Episode 'Angel' black suede pumps.
Kate accessorised with her sapphire and diamond earrings and her Cartier watch which we haven't seen in a while.
The Duchess completed the look with her Mulberry clutch.
What do think of Kate's look?
You can watch a video at ITN Source.
Also today, are you active on social media? If so you'll be pleased to hear William, Kate and Harry now have their own official twitter and instagram account. The account will be run by members of their staff and feature updates and photos on their diaries, engagements and charities. Both accounts have already amassed almost 100,000 followers each in under twenty four hours. The twitter account @KensingtonRoyal is here and the Instagram account is here.
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Kate will attend an event hosted by The Fostering Network tomorrow to celebrate the work of foster carers. We'll see you then :)