I may see you at the school gates Duchess of Cambridge meets

first_imgThe Portrait Gala fundraising dinner Greeted by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, the gallery’s director, when she arrived, the Duchess was escorted up glittering golden stairs to a champagne reception.She has been a patron of the gallery since 2012.There, she was shown around an exhibition by Howard Hodgkin, entitled Absent Friends, including the last work he painted. Mr Hodgkin died at the beginning of this month. The Duchess, wearing a dark green lace Temperley gown, met artists, trustees and donors in an hour-long tour of the gallery in London.In one line-up, she met parents from pre-prep Thomas’s school in Battersea, which Prince George will attend from September, telling them: “I’m not sure George has any idea what’s going to hit him.” The Duchess was then given a lengthy tour by artist Gillian Wearing of her exhibition, Behind the Mask, Another Mask, which also includes work by Claude Cahun. PA Prince George on his first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery school, near SandringhamCredit:The Duchess of Cambridge/PA Duchess of Cambridge speaks with artist Gillian Wearing Dr Cullinan gave a speech to guests to launch the gallery’s major fundraising project, Coming Home, which aims to loan works of art to the regions they are linked with.”It could enable sitters such as Sir Francis Drake to return to Plymouth, the Bronte sisters or David Beckham to Essex,” he said.Moving upstairs, the Duchess was shown 10 masks by artists and designers, including Philip Treacy, Maggie Hambling and Dame Vivienne Westwood, which are due to be sold to raise funds.A series of 100 new postcards, by artists who have produced the works anonymously, are also being sold for £250.  Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlottecenter_img The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess CharlotteCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA At the glamorous National Portrait Gallery gala dinner, the Duchess of Cambridge was always going to bump into a few famous faces and key figures from the art world.But last night she made a new – and potentially useful – acquaintance, after meeting a fellow parent from son Prince George’s new school. The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery in LondonCredit:Beretta/Sims/Rex/Shutterstock The Duchess went on to speak to Phillip Chung, the father of television presenter and model Alexa Chung, who remarked on the collection of art he had built up, thanks to his children.She told him that she too had begun gathering her children’s artistic efforts together. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Architect Richard Found and his wife Jane Suitor, an art consultant and collector, told the Duchess that it was a “great school”.”We were chatting about Thomas’s, the school George will be going to,” said Mr Found after meeting the Duchess.”We’re parents there as well. She just said, ‘I may see you at the school gates.'” The Duchess of Cambridge with artist Gillian WearingCredit:Neil Hall/Getty last_img

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