Kate's going solo! Duchess of Cambridge to visit National Portrait gallery and will spend Valentine's Day in
Liverpool without William
Kate today confirmed she will strike out on her own as a working member of the Royal Family
The Duchess of Cambridge has announced she will undertake her first public solo engagements while her husband is away on service in The Falklands.
As revealed by the Mail last month, Kate today confirmed she will strike out on her own as a working member of the Royal Family with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery’s Lucian Freud exhibition next Wednesday followed by an ‘away day’ in Liverpool the following week.
Former history of art student Kate, who last month became patron of the central London gallery, will attend a private viewing of work by the late Lucian Freud, featuring the artist’s most important portraits from the 1940’s right through to the one he was painting shortly before his death in July 2011.
With over 100 paintings and works on
paper loaned from museums and private collections throughout the world,
Lucian Freud Portraits is the result of many years planning by the
gallery in close partnership with the late artist himself.
Sitters represented in the exhibition include family members, particularly his mother Lucie, and artists such as Francis Bacon and David Hockney.
It also includes his famous nude portraits of Sue Tilley ‘Benefits Supervisor’.
Loans have been drawn from private collections and museums worldwide including Tate and MOMA New York.
Kate will visit the National Portrait Gallery’s
Lucian Freud exhibition next Wednesday
As she will be spending her first Valentine’s Day as a married woman alone, the Duchess has decided to fill February 14 with a visit to Liverpool in support of charities, starting with The Brink – an alcohol-free bar linked to Action on Addiction, of which she became patron of last month.
The bar is social enterprise run
primarily to help people recovering from drink and drug addiction as
well as providing a social outlet for those not wishing to engage in
The Brink is also a
means for those in recovery to re-enter the workforce. Three quarters
of the staff are recovering alcoholic or drug addicts and all profits
from the bar are re-invested in other Action on Addiction recovery
projects in Merseyside.
Loans have been drawn from private collections and museums worldwide including Tate and MOMA New York
She will then go onto Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where she will meet staff and families who use the service, which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation, enabling parents to stay close to their child and maintain a degree of normal family life.
Many of the youngsters concerned are critically ill and suffering from cancer, heart conditions or are in hospital as a result of serious accidents.
Kate will also officially open one of the new apartments – one of her first royal ribbon cuttings.
Kate will also visit Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
She will finish her day with a tour of the hospital’s facilities, including the oncology and burns units.
Alder Hey is one of Europe’s biggest and busiest children’s hospitals providing care for over 200,000 children and young people each year.
It is the designated national centre
for head and face surgery as well as a Centre of Excellence for children
with cancer, heart, spinal and brain disease.
Kate, pictured at her first solo engagement standing in for Prince Charles at Clarence House in November
Prince William opened its MRI facility during a visit to the hospital in February 2010.
A royal aide said the Duchess, who has not conducted any solo engagements since her marriage last April, was looking forward to the visit immensely.
‘With her husband away, it is a perfect opportunity for her to strike out on her own,’ they said.
Prince William flew out to the Falklands on Wednesday night for a six-week deployment with his RAF Search and Rescue unit.