Kate Middleton was out at an engagement yesterday, June 29, at the Victoria and Albert Museum to open the new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter.
Upon arrival at the V&A, Kate was greeted by museum officials, and a little girl handed her some flowers, which were quickly snatched away (see video below).
Kate then toured the Sackler Courtyard – the first porcelain-tiled public courtyard in the UK, paved with 11,000 hand-made tiles in 15 different patterns.
Video; Kate receives a posy at the V&A pic.twitter.com/nt4wn92Mwy
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Kate continued her tour in the Sainsbury Gallery – a new 1,100 square metre column-free underground space which will be one of the largest temporary exhibition spaces in the UK.
About the Gallery’s architect:
“The facility, which was largely funded by private donors, was completed in four years by British architect Amanda Levete and her practice, AL-A. Ms Levete, who won the contract for the project in 2011, said: ‘It’s an absolute honour to have the Duchess of Cambridge opening this building, and I feel very proud of the work my team have done.’ The architect, who has recently been nominated for a CBE, said Kate was ‘quite stunned’ when she first emerged into the porcelain courtyard because the ‘sun came out and the courtyard was glistening’.”
V&A director Dr. Tristram Hunt said of Kate:
“I think she was wowed by the architecture, and she was really interested in the engineering – how we dug down and yet kept the walls upright and didn’t break a single glassware or ceramics.”
Kate then met donors and guests involved in the project’s delivery in Blavatnik Hall, the new entrance to the V&A.
More from the Telegraph:
“Sir Tim Sainsbury, 85, a trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum, said: ‘I think, like everybody else, the Duchess was immensely impressed by the scale and column-free big heights of the Sainsbury exhibition space. I think she genuinely enjoyed herself – she even said she’s looking forward to many more future visits.'”
Kate unveiled a plaque in Sackler Courtyard before leaving the museum.
Kate debuted a new-to-her designer, Gucci. Kate wore the $2,980 Grosgrain-trimmed cotton-blend tweed mini dress. The dress features black and ivory cotton-blend tweed with red and navy grosgrain trim.
Kate paired the new dress with shoes she hasn’t worn since 2012: her LK Bennett “Art” navy heels. Kate carried a new clutch today (instead of one of her several other red clutches which look almost exactly the same as this new one): a custom bright red version of the Emmy London Natasha clutch (the non-custom version retails for $475). Kate wore her Annoushka Pearl Drops also.
I dislike this dress. I think boob flaps look ugly on any garment, and I also dislike the hip flaps, too. And I dislike high necklines. This dress has a very 60’s mod look which I think looks rather twee.
I will say, though, that I love that Kate didn’t match her bag to her shoes. She so often goes matchy-matchy with things, but I love that she mixed it up a bit here and did a red bag and navy pump – pulling both accent colors into her accessories. It’s something different for Kate and I really like that.
Here is a video of Kate’s visit.
Additionally, KP announced that Kate, as Patron, will open the new Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum on July 13.
Kate got a bag of goodies as a gift from the museum.
Rebecca Deacon was with Kate yesterday.