Kate makes confident entrance

The Duchess of Cambridge listens to Director of the National Portrait Gallery Sandy Nairne
The Duchess of Cambridge listens to Director of the National Portrait Gallery Sandy Nairne
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The Duchess of Cambridge looked every inch the confident royal last night as stepped out for her first solo public engagement.

She was visiting the National Portrait Gallery in London for a preview of the Lucian Freud show that gives a comprehensive overview of the work of one of the greatest figurative painters of the late 20th century.

The visit came as St James’s Palace confirmed the Duchess has agreed to a request from the Gallery, of which she is patron, to pose for a portrait.

A Palace spokesman said: “The Duchess is happy to do it some time in the future. There haven’t been any decisions about who the artist will be, this is being discussed.”

She stepped from her chauffeur-driven car wearing a dress by Jesire, a high street clothing range – a double-breasted, 1950s-style grey gown in a marbled pattern.

The Duchess has been carrying out accompanied public engagements for just under a year and has adapted well to the pressures of meeting dozens of new faces, learning from her husband William.

Last year the Duke was continually at her side and a reassuring presence during their first overseas tour to Canada and California. Last week, the Prince was posted to the Falkland Islands with the RAF.