Kate Middleton opens V&A photography centre

Mail Online | 10/10/2018 | Rebecca English Royal Correspondent;Unity Blott For Mailonline
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Photography fan the Duchess of Cambridge was in her element on Wednesday evening when she stepped out to see a vast collection of pictures in a landmark museum.

The royal mother of three – who has published her own sweet pictures of her children – visited the Victoria & Albert museum, not far from her Kensington Palace home, to have a preview of some of the 800,000 images in the new Photography Centre.

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It was the first time she had visited in an official capacity since becoming the first Royal Patron in March.

Kate showed off her trim figure in the mid-calf fit-and-flare frock from British label Erdem's SS18 collection which she teamed with a waist belt, small box clutch and vertiginous heels.

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The dress boasted a bateau neckline - a style favoured by Kate's sister-in-law the Duchess of Sussex - frayed sleeves and featured a purple Prince of Wales check pattern.

Kate began the visit with a surprise when she was shown Queen Victoria's coronet - which her husband Prince Albert designed and had made for the Sovereign between 1840-42.

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The diamond and sapphire coronet was both a reminder of the name that the museum carries — and a fitting moment to mark Kate's first visit as royal patron of the museum.

It was among 3000 jewels in the William and Judith Bollinger Gallery and followed a walk through the Silver and the Sacred Silver and Stained Glass galleries.

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At the door of the new photography center she marvelled at some of the 150 cameras from 160 years that make up a display.

She toured the opening display, called 'Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital,' saw some of the historical prints and contemporary photography the center is showcasing and met the curators.

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Among the photographers whose work is on display are pioneering women like Julia Margaret Cameron,...
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