The girls with the pearl earrings: Kate comes face to face with iconic Vermeer portrait during visit to Holland - while wearing matching jewellery loaned to her by the Queen
- Duchess, 34, wore pale blue skirt suit by Catherine Walker
- Kate will spend the day in The Hague and Rotterdam after visiting King Willem-Alexander
- Due to visit Mauritshuis art museum to see a Dutch Old Masters exhibition
- Set to convene a round-table discussion on addiction and mental health
She's patron of the National Portrait Gallery and studied history of art at university, so it's no surprise that the Duchess of Cambridge knows her stuff when it comes to famous paintings.
Standing in front The Girl With The Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis museum in the Hague this afternoon, Kate, 34, looked like a perfect match for the enigmatic figure in Vermeer's masterpiece.
And given her knowledge of art her choice of jewellery for today's visit - a pair of diamond and pearl earrings borrowed from the Queen - was clearly no coincidence.
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Given her knowledge of art, it was surely no coincidence that the Duchess of Cambridge borrowed a pair of pearl earrings for her visit to The Hague today, where she viewed Vermeer's most iconic painting
The Duchess looked impeccably polished in a bespoke Catherine Walker suit, which she teamed with her trusty nude suede heels as she arrived at the Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague on her one-day visit to Holland
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After a hugely successful family visit to Canada, the Duchess of Cambridge is going solo overseas for the first time today on a trip to the Netherlands.
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Kate views Vermeer's famous work The Girl With The Pearl Earring while wearing similar jewellery loaned to her for today's visit to The Hague by the Queen
Kate smiles as she takes in The Girl With The Pearl Earring by Vermeer, part of the permanent collection at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague
The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Mauritshuis in The Hague for the exhibition 'At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection'
Kate meets a young artist taking part in the Mauritshuis gallery's learning programme
What shall I paint next! A young boy entertains the Duchess with his pensive expression as she greets children who are taking part in a learning programme at the Mauritshuis gallery
The Duchess lingered in front of the Dutch masterpiece, made famous by the film of the same name starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, to ensure that photographers had ample time to take their pictures of the girls in pearls.
She regarded the visit as 'a real treat' according to the Mauritshuis gallery director Emilie Gordenker who showed her around the permanent collection as well as the Queen's paintings.
She said: 'She didn't mention the earrings she was wearing, but she was interested in the painting. She asked if it had become a lot more popular since the film came out, and I said it definitely had.
'The Duchess seemed to particularly enjoy seeing The Goldfinch, by Carel Fabritius.
The Duchess wore a bespoke Catherine Walker skirt and jacket for today's engagement, which she teamed with the same nude suede court shoes she wore to an engagement in London yesterday
Eager royal fans looked delighted to meet the Duchess on her debut visit to Holland
Kate was looking impeccably groomed today, choosing the sweep her brunette locks back in a sleek updo
The Duchess of Cambridge views "The Bull" by Paulus Potter as she visits the Mauritshuis in The Hague for the exhibition 'At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection
Kate was interested to know if Vermeer's painting had become more popular since the film The Girl With The Pearl Earring, starring Scarlett Johansson
The Duchess lingered in front of the masterpiece, allowing photographers plenty of opportunity to capture the two girls with their pearl earrings
'But she asked a lot of questions about the presentation of the paintings, because although she is familiar with a lot of the Queen's paintings she has never seen them in this setting before, which gives them a different context.'
Kate was visiting the museum as part of a day of engagements in the Netherlands - her first solo foreign trip on official royal duties without William.
The mother-of-two looked elegant in a bespoke pale blue skirt suit by Catherine Walker and in a break from her usual style she wore her brunette locks swept back in a chic bun.
Kate paused to chat to youngsters who had gathered outside the Mauritshuis gallery to wave Union Jack flags to welcome her
One is amused! The Duchess of Cambridge laughs during a roundtable discussion at the British Ambassador's Residence
The Duchess looked delighted to be meeting the Dutch monarch King Willem-Alexander and was showing no hint of nerves on her first official overseas visit without William
Kate waves to the crowd as she arrives at the Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague to visit an exhibition of 22 picture by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection
She teamed her outfit with her trusty Gianvito Rossi suede pumps, which she also wore yesterday for an engagement in London and carried a small nude box clutch from L.K. Bennett.
The chic ensemble gave the Duchess more than a hint of Jackie Kennedy style, and is in keeping with her new high end wardrobe.
Kate was given a personal tour of an exhibition featuring Dutch Old Masters loaned by the Royal Collection, with artwork, furniture and other objects accumulated over centuries by the British monarchy.
The highlight of the visiting exhibition is Johannes Vermeer's 'The Music Lesson,' but the Duchess also toured the museum's permanent collection, which is where she encountered Vermeer's best-known work, as well as 'The Goldfinch' by Carel Fabritius.
Before leaving, the Duchess met children taking part in the gallery's learning programme and attended a short reception with museum supporters.
Kate is greeted by the director of the Mauritshuis gallery Emilie Gordenker in The Hague
Kate shares a joke with King Willem-Alexander as the pair pose for photos before sitting down for lunch
Earlier today, Kate made a courtesy call to King Willem-Alexander at Villa Eikenhorst, the royal residence he shares with wife Queen Maxima and their three daughters, Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane.
The family home is on the forested De Horsten estate in Wassenaar, near The Hague, and, despite being a private residence, the Dutch monarch sometimes hosts foreign guests.
'Welcome, welcome, very nice to see you,' the king said, as he greeted his guest for the first visit by a British royal to the Dutch kingdom in three years.
Kate has been heralded as a 'secret weapon' for UK diplomacy as the country faces Brexit negotiations
Th down-to-earth Duchess interacts with members of the public during her first official visit to Holland
Kate usually lets her flowing brunette locks flow around her shoulders, but today she opted for a chic updo - all the better for showing off the earrings she borrowed from the Queen
Her one-day trip is a royal milestone for the Duchess as it's the first time she's travelled abroad by herself on official royal duties without William.
A tour of Malta in 2014 was scheduled to be Kate's first solo trip but she had to cancel as she was suffering from acute morning sickness while pregnant with Princess Charlotte.
Folowing her museum visit, Kate travelled to the official residence of Sir Geoffrey Adams, Britain's Ambassador to the Netherlands, to convene a round-table discussion on the themes of addiction, intervention, family and mental health.
Taking part were professionals from the Trimbos Institute, a non-profit research centre working on the issues of mental health and addiction.
Rutger Engels, President and Chief Executive officer of the Trimbos Institute said: 'Still too often children are overlooked when one of their parents has a mental disorder or addiction problem.
'We are very pleased that The Duchess will use her visit to the Netherlands to raise more awareness for the vulnerable position these children are in.'
Kate laughs as she prepares to convene a round-table discussion on the themes of addiction, intervention, family and mental health
Kate gives a cheery wave to well wishers as she is led into the Mauritshuis gallery by its director Emilie Gordenker
Kate (left) admires Vermeer's masterpiece The Girl With The Pearl Earring. Fittingly, the Duchess chose the same accessory for today's visit to The Hague
Kate listens with interest as she tours the Mauritshuis with museum director Emilie E.S. Gordenker
Kate glances at Italian Landscape with Inn and Ancient Ruins 1658 by Jan Baptist Weenix
Royal fans were eager to get a snap as they crowded around the royal visitor with their camera phones
Royal fans were delighted to catch a glimpse of the Duchess on her first visit to The Netherlands - also her debut solo engagement overseas
Kate looks around at the art work as she's led up the stairs at the Mauritshuis art museum by director Emilie E.S. Gordenker
The Duchess arrives at the British ambassador's residence in The Netherlands
The mother-of-two leans in to chat with a young royal fan in the crowd outside the Mauritshuis in The Hague
Kate, who is patron of the National Portrait Gallery looked delighted to be visiting the Mauritshuis art museum
Art fan Kate steps out of her car at the Mauritshuis gallery where she will view an exhibition of Old Masters paintings
Kate surveying the Dutch masterpiece The Bull by Paulus Potter during a personal tour of the exhibition 'At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries' from the British Royal Collection
History of art graduate Kate leans in to admire The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius during a private tour of the Mauritshuis gallery
The Duchess shares a laugh with the children who had gathered outside an art gallery in The Hague to welcome the royal visitor
Mother-of-two Kate looks animated as she chats you young well wishers on her visit to The Hague - her first official overseas trip without Prince William
They were joined by counterparts from two of the Duchess's UK charities - the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, a leading charity in the research, teaching and the provision of care for children and young people with mental health issues, and Action on Addiction.
Later Kate will travel to the neighbouring city of Rotterdam to learn about a community initiative that provides a public workshop in an economically deprived district, with facilities aimed at teenagers.
Residents pay by sharing their skills with others, providing education, skills and positive role models in the neighbourhood.
Kate was all smiles as she chatted with her royal counterpart at the start of her day of engagements in Holland
Kate carried a small nude box clutch and accessorised with a pair of simple pearl earrings
Kate's outfit is a bespoke creation by Chelsea-based designer Catherine Walker who was a favourite of Princess Diana
Kate, 34, looked elegant in a pale blue skirt suit by Catherine Walker as she made a courtesy call to King Willem-Alexander at Villa Eikenhorst this morning
King Willem Alexander shows Kate into the Villa Eikenhorst on the forested De Horsten estate in Wassenaar, near The Hague where the pair will have lunch together
The visit comes a day after Prime Minister Theresa May was in the Netherlands for talks with her Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, to put forward her case for a fair deal for the UK with the European Union.
Mrs May also visited Denmark for talks with Prime Minister Lars-Lokke Rasmussen as part of her diplomatic offensive ahead of the formal beginning of the Brexit process.
Some commentators believe Kate will be an asset in helping to safeguard the UK's relations with its European neighbours as Brexit takes shape in the coming years.
One of the Queen's most senior aides, her private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt, joined Kate's small entourage - which may be interpreted by some as reflecting the importance of the trip.
But a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: 'The Duchess' visit centred on an exhibition featuring works from the Royal Collection. Sir Christopher attended in his capacity as a trustee of the Royal Collection.'
Royal sources dismissed the speculation that Sir Christopher's presence was Brexit related, and said his joining the Duchess also reflected the close ties between the British and Dutch royal families.
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