Duchess Kate Visits The National Portrait Gallery, Will Sit For An Official Painting [PHOTOS]

DOC In Jenny Packham
Her Royal Highness at the ARK dinner in London.
Royal Accessories
Catherine's greatest jewels, purses and more from 2011.
Will & Kate
Various images of the royal couple out and about.
Catherine In Canada
The Duchess of Cambridge's successful North American trip.
Wearing a belted herringbone coat dress by Jesire with an oversized open collar and her signature diamond bracelet, Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the National Portrait Gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square tonight (February 8th) for a private viewing of the Lucien Freud exhibit (opening tomorrow, February 9th). 

This is Catherine’s first solo public engagement as a senior royal (and the future consort to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge), as she is a patron of the gallery.  With a degree from St. Andrews University in the history of art, Catherine was very eager to view the Freud exhibit.  “It’s very exciting. She came to see us last September when she was deciding which organisations to support. She was fizzing with intelligent questions,” gallery director Sandy Nairne told London’s Evening Standard.

According to the Standard, Clarence House has confirmed that the Duchess is in talks to sit for an official portrait.  The former commoner broke with protocol when she refused to pose for a wedding portrait, but HRH will join history’s most influential royals on the walls of the gallery, including her husband.  “It’s very early days, but we’ve started a discussion. It will be at least the summer before there’s anything concrete and we can start to look for an artist,” Nairne said.