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With great power comes great responsibility. Sure, she’s not Queen yet, but the Duchess of Cambridge was finally given a royal duty like no other, and she ran with it. In her first solo trip outside of the U.K., Kate headed to the Netherlands to visit King Willem-Alexander to talk about the cause dearest to her: mental health issues. And a bonus? She got to see some beautiful works of art, and as a graduate of art history, it was right up her alley.

Kate was all business, her hair was pulled back and there were no outfit changes to be made — just the lovely pale blue suit by Catherine Walker & Co.

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The Duchess and the King had lunch at his official residence, Villa Eikenhorst, before she headed off to the art portion of her trip: to promote an exhibition of 17th-century works at the Mauritshuis museum from the British Royal Collection. It was the perfect fit as far as royal duties go.

The Duchess toured the museum with its director, who showed Kate around the permanent collection as well as the Queen’s paintings.


But while the art stuff was probably fun for her, the nitty-gritty of the day was a round-table discussion with two of her charities: the Anna Freud Centre, which supports children’s mental health, and Action on Addiction, which focuses on the harmful effects to families of drug and alcohol abuse. They were joined by people from the Trimbos Institute, which conducts research into the same issues.


“She has initiated a brilliant idea of bringing institutions together that have similar interests,” said Peter Fonagy, the chief executive of the Anna Freud Centre, who joined Kate in Holland. “She’s aiming to help us learn from each other and bring back what there is from each side.”

He added to People, “Because of her charisma, because of her interest, she is able to bring together people who would not normally be talking to one another and that brings enormous value.”

Kate ended her day in Rotterdam, where she stopped at Bouwkeet, a community project and creative workshop where young people learn craft and design skills.


Kate looks like she handled herself well and it’s clear she’s loved, wherever she goes — on her own, with her family or with other royals. When’s the next solo trip, Kate?

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