This morning, Kate, travelled to Barlby Primary School in Ladbroke Grove to name an art room. She was unable to attend the opening in October because of her severe morning sickness.
Today’s naming is The Art Room’s ninth project, and will be called The Clore Art Room. It is named after the Clore Duffield Foundation which has been making donations to The Art Room since 2005. It is one of a series of 10 major grants to organizations across the UK to celebrate the Foundation’s 50th birthday.
The Duchess is royal patron of The Art Room charity, which maintains a dedicated art room in a number of schools in Oxfordshire and in London. Each week up to 85 children, aged between 5 and 11, receive art sessions designed to provide them with self-confidence, self-esteem and independence through creativity and self-expression.
Kate was joined for the event by Turner Prize-winning artist and cross-dressing potter Grayson Perry who is also a patron.
During the visit, the Duchess met Barlby staff and students, toured the new art room, and then took part in a roundtable discussion which included Dame Vivien Duffield who is Chair of the Clore Duffield Foundation.
Before she left, Kate was given some art of her own to take home. The students presented her with a pint-sized chair decorated with stamps donated by the Royal Household, presumably made with Prince George in mind.
Kate looked glamorous and showed a hint of baby bump beneath her navy ‘Naomi’ shift dress by Madderson London (originally £450, on sale for £225, and currently sold out). The A-line frock features a bold but feminine pink, cream and navy tweed hem, with matching pocket and cuff detailing. The gold buttons add a dash of glamour.
Lining: 60% AC, 40% CU
This is the first time the Duchess has worn an outfit by Madderson, an upscale British women’s and maternity wear label, on an official engagement. However, she is not the first royal to have worn the brand while expecting – Zara Phillips, also favored it when pregnant with her daughter, Mia.
If anyone had any doubt about the Kate effect being alive and well, today it was confirmed! The Madderson website struggled to cope as thousands of fans rushed to see details and ultimately crashed.
The Duchess paired her dress with black opaque tights, her black suede Mulberry Bayswater clutch, and her black suede Episode Angel pumps.
She kept her jewelry to a minimum and wore her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, her sapphire and diamond earrings and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Kate wore her long hair in trademark waves.