Kate Middleton certainly knows how to play her part.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked confident and stylish as she stepped out on her first solo engagement since joining the royal family.
Catherine attended a private viewing of a new exhibition of portraits by the late Lucian Freud at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Kate recently became a royal patron of the Gallery.
The Duchess was stylishly dressed wearing a grey tweed coat dress by High Street label Jesire stores. The dress had a large shawl collar and a black belt around her waist.
She also wore a pair of black Jimmy Choos and a chunky diamond bracelet to complete her look.
On arrival at the gallery, Kate mingled with arty types including photographer Mary McCartney, Bella Freud, the artist’s daughter, and Jefferson Hack.
This outing marked Kate’s first public event without her husband Prince William and she handled the whole event with ease and grace.
William, 30, is currently in the Falkland Islands where he is expected to be for 6 weeks.
For her first 10 months of marriage, Kate declined to carry out any engagements on her own, preferring to learn the ropes at William’s side.
But now Kate is clearly good to go!
Kate will also visit The Brink, an alcohol-free bar linked to Action on Addiction, of which she became patron of last month, as well as the world-famous Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The exhibition she attended included more than 100 paintings and works on paper done by Freud loaned from museums and private collections throughout the world. Freud died in July 2011 at the age of 88.
The exhibition also included his famous 1995 nude portrait of Sue Tilley ‘Benefits Supervisor’, which sold in 2008 for a record-breaking £17.2m – making it the most valuable painting ever to be sold by a living artist.
During her visit, the Duchess told photographer Mary McCartney that she had been looking up her work on her website and she was ‘hugely impressed’ by it.
‘It made me blush but I was incredibly flattered. It is refreshing having her here. It is so exciting that she has become involved, ‘ the photographer said.
Looking great Kate!