Report By: Nina Rai
London, 16 March, 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge, 30 stepped out for the first time to join her in-laws the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, to visit Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London on March 15, 2012. It happens to be one of's charities viz The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.
For Prince Charles and Duchess Kate, the idea basically was to rejoice in their shared love of the arts at the picture gallery. According to Clarence House spokesman both Charles and Kate ‘have a shared interest in art, art therapy and children.'
Meanwhile, the royal trio of Kate, Charles and Camilla were greeted by hundreds of cheering school children waving Union Jack flags, when they arrived at the venue on a bright sunny day. Kate as always was immaculately dressed in a gray pleated skirt by Irish designer Orla Kiely with black pattern detailed top. Her black high heels complimented her outfit perfectly.
Coincidently Kate’s gray dress matched well with Prince Charles gray suit. Duchess Camilla wore an Anna Valentine navy blue dress with white collar. Also participating in the event were students from Goodrich Community Primary School in East Dulwich, Globe Academy in Southwark, Langbourne Primary School and Luke’s C of E Primary School, in Dulwich.
The Royal visitors met children taking part in the Great Art Quest, which is a project that introduces youngsters to the arts partnering them with local galleries, professional artists and storytellers. The royal trio also participated in a class with children at the gallery’s art education centre. Once there they got into the mood of the class giggling wildly, cracking jokes, even as they were creating a collage of self-portraits.
Kate got hold of a lace and cut a heart shape from it. She then put it over her picture having a side profile. She even selected a leaf for her design. What was wonderful to see was the bonding between father-in-law and daughter-in-law, who sitting next to her compared designs and she even queried: 'What else do you think we should do?'
Prince Charles burst into laughter at his own feeble attempt with pine needles, and that of his wife. Both then went on to transfer their designs over silk, using an iron to complete their creations. All three sportingly used the iron to carry out the task. Charles was over heard saying: 'I don’t think I put on eyebrows. Do I keep ironing that? I’m going to be here all afternoon!'
Their camaraderie was apparent when Prince Charles remarked to Duchess Kate “I don’t think yours is going to work. I’m leaving mine!' Meanwhile Kate even egged the children on saying: 'Yours is so much better. Look at that. That’s amazing.' Asked later if it was the first time Charles had done the ironing, Camilla said with a mischievous smile: 'I’ve got him well-trained with an iron.'
The royals also interacted with children participating in ‘Face Britain,’ as part of the Great Art Quest. They watched as children (ages of 4-16) made self-portraits which will be used to create a montage of, and then projected on to the front of Buckingham Palace in April, as part of the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Later speaking of the hour-long visit by the royals, the Director of learning and public affairs at Dulwich Gallery – Gillian Wolfe remarked poetically: 'It has been absolutely sublime. The kids were fantastic.’ According to him the impact of the visit was huge. It made the children feel ‘nine feet tall,’ a sense of ‘prestige’ they will never forget. ‘When the royals sat down and worked together in the education centre, it was beautiful. It was just like a normal classroom, everyone in it together,’ added Wolfe.
Meanwhile the Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts, Jeremy Newton, declared about the visit: 'It was fantastically exciting.’ Further he informed that the children just adored Duchess Kate, just as she adored the children. ‘She greatly enjoyed seeing their artwork. All of the pupils are saying they will never forget this day, as long as they live. It's been a complete revelation for them that royals are normal people. They've had a lovely time,' raved Newton.
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