While her husband is away in Argentina as a RAF pilot, Catherine has made her first official royal event alone.
Her first solo performance was the preview of Lucian Freud paintings at the National Portrait Gallery. The NPG is one of the Duchess’ several patronages.
The Duchess of Cambridge posed for a picture or two in front of the late Freud’s paintings, some of which were quite intimate in nature. Freud was the grandson of the famous Sigmund Freud.
Catherine was given “5 stars” for her appearance, but some fashionistas complained that her grey collared dress was too frumpy and old-fashioned for her.
The Duchess C Effect
During her visit to Liverpool on Tuesday, February 14th, the Duchess of Cambridge did it again.
Catherine redeemed herself after her critics lambasted her sartorial effort at the National Portrait Gallery. Her stylish brown wool coat was an immediate hit, and the coat was pounced upon by the fashion-loving hoards. The British retailer Hobbs, who sold the coat, ran out within hours. Again, the “Kate effect” had occurred.
The Duchess’ tan-colored bandage dress from one of her favorite brands, Reiss, saw a similar phenomenon. After Catherine’s appearance during a visit with the Obamas, the dress, like the cream Reiss dress Catherine wore for her engagement photos, sold out.
While some have criticized Catherine style choices as old-fashioned or too simple, the sales inspired by the Duchess don’t lie – simplicity is key.
Catherine’s style is lovely, but it was the reaction of the people at the recovery center in Liverpool which made the biggest impression. During her visit to a “dry bar” in Liverpool that helps recovering addicts, she tasted a new type of fruit smoothie named “Duchess” in her honor. She spoke warmly with all whom she met, and said “It’s a fantastic place,”.
Life as a search-and-rescue pilot has been more than satisfying for the Duke of Cambridge.
William’s time as a Sea King helicopter pilot has been good experience for him – so much so, in fact, that he intends to extend his time in the Royal Air Force.
William was expected to bring his military experience to a close next year, possibly taking on more royal duties with his wife, Catherine. Their royal workload was presumed to increase in light of the advanced ages of his grandmother, the Queen, and his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Queen, as well as the Prince of Wales, are both happy to allow William and Catherine more time for their personal life and pursuits. Her Majesty knows only too well the pressures of family life and being the monarch – she became Queen at age twenty-five, newly married with two toddler children. It was not an easy job to balance both motherhood and being sovereign, so the Queen is eager to see her grandson take his time, especially when he has children of his own.