The Duchess of Cambridge Steps Out in the Netherlands During Her First-Ever Solo Tour
And she's off! The Duchess of Cambridge touched down in The Hague, Netherlands on Tuesday to embark on her first-ever solo tour since marrying Prince William five years ago. The Duchess flashed her signature smile while greeting some children outside of the Mauritshuis Gallery in a powder-blue suit and looked like she was already having a ball. After Kate perfected her princess wave, Mauritshuis Director Emilie Gordenker gave her a tour of an exhibition, At Home in Holland: Vermeer and His Contemporaries From the British Royal Collection, which included a stop at Vermeer's famous "Girl With a Pearl Earring" oil painting. Kate also enjoyed the garden at Villa Eikenhorst with King Willem-Alexander before going indoors for a photo op.
Later that the day, Kate visited the city of Rotterdam to see Bouwkeet, an initiative in an economically challenged district that aims to provide a workspace for creative design and technology. She took an arts and robotics class and played around with some of the young students. While in the Netherlands, Kate will also host a round-table discussion at the British ambassador's residence in The Hague with two of her charities, the Anna Freud Centre and Action on Addiction. Not a bad start to her monumental visit! Kate's royal tour comes fresh off of her outing on Monday with William and Prince Harry on World Mental Health Day and a few days after her and William's eight-day trip to Canada with their children.