Kate Middleton and Prince Charles wow the crowds at art gallery visit

Day with the in-laws: Duchess Kate (centre) with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles
Day with the in-laws: Duchess Kate (centre) with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles©Tim Rooke/Rex Features

Kate Middleton wowed the crowds for a second time yesterday, as the duchess embarked on her second official engagement of the day with father-in-law Prince Charles.

Earlier on Thursday the Duchess of Cambridge had paid a very successful visit to the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford to meet the Great Britain women's hockey team, where she took a tour of the park and met some of the staff there, as well as joining in with a game.

Then in the late afternoon Kate ditched the trainers and glammed up for an official engagement with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to visit Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London.

The visit was set up to allow the royal party to view first-hand the work carried out by the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts at Dulwich.

 A Clarence House spokesman confirmed that trip was arranged because of Kate and Charles’ mutual interest in the arts, who said the visit came about following "a conversation between a father-in-law and daughter-in-law,” adding: “They have a shared interest in art, art therapy and children."

Kate is extremely passionate about art, having studied history of art at St Andrew’s University. The duchess also chose therapy charity The Art Room as one of the causes she will officially support in her role as a working royal.

And it was an extremely important outing for Kate, as it was the first time the duchess has joined Charles on a visit to once of his charities. Her husband of almost one year, Prince William, is currently in the Falkland Islands on a six-week tour of duty with the RAF.

The 30-year-old looked stunning as ever, dressed in an above-the-knee dark grey Orla Kiely dress with black floral pattern on the top, and a pleated skirt.

Kate’s hair was left in her trademark style of loose waves teamed up with her now-famous makeup style of smoky eyes teamed up with rosy-cheeks.

Met with cheers from waiting crowds, the royal party then made their way inside. While there, Kate, Charles and Camilla met many youngsters taking part in the Great Art Quest, a programme which introduces children to local galleries, professional artists and storytellers, with pupils from schools including Goodrich Community Primary School in East Dulwich and Globe Academy in Southwark in attendance.

And the royals got stuck in with the fun, taking part in an art class with the kids which included making collage self-portraits, with materials including lace and pine needles,  before transfering their designs onto silk using an iron.

The class provoked a lot of laughs between the royal trio – particularly when Camilla told one bystander: "I've got [Charles] well-trained with an iron."

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