Kate Middleton's First Solo Trip Looks Like a Royal Success

It's hard to believe, but Kate Middleton just embarked on her first solo journey abroad as a royal, for a day trip to the Netherlands. The Duchess of Cambridge spent her day in Holland meeting with King Willem-Alexander, visiting with children at a museum, discussing mental health at the British Ambassador's residence, and even visiting a deprived area of Rotterdam.

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Just a week after returning from the her family trip to Canada with Prince William and children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Kate set off for the Hague and Rotterdam. She was reportedly there in part to gain support for Britain's departure from the European Union, and maintain diplomatic relations.

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The Duchess looked sophisticated in a pale Catherine Walker skirt suit, with a smart updo and perfect pearl earrings, which were especially appropriate when she visited the Girl with a Pearl Earring painting.

But first Kate started the day meeting with King Willem-Alexander at his residence at Villa Eikenhorst. 

Although her trip may have been used to "beef up" her country's relationship with the EU, sources revealed that the trip was planned awhile ago, after an invitation from the Mauritshuis gallery to "view a new exhibition of works from the Royal Collection."

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She also met with children participating in the museum's learning program, and attended a short reception. We love how she always makes time for the kids!

Kate ended her trip by visiting an undeveloped area in Rotterdam, where she was shown a new design and technology workspace.

All together, it sounds like a very successful trip, although we're sure she's happy to be back home with her hubby and kids.

 

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