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The Duchess of Cambridge to Curate a Show at London's National Portrait Gallery

Kate's art history degree will be getting some use this spring!

Duchess Kate's impeccable sense of style could certainly be a credit to her art history degree from St. Andrews. But now, the royal has the opportunity to put her eye to use beyond her wardrobe. This spring, she will be assembling an exhibition of Victorian photography at London’s National Portrait Gallery, where she is a patron.

Kate Middleton engages with a work by Gillian Wearing at the 2017 Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery.

"Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography" opens on March 1 and will run through May 20. The exhibition explores the relationship between four great artists of the 19th century: Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Lady Clementina Hawarden, and Oscar Rejlander. The Duchess has written a forward introducing and explaining the show, in which she reveals the exhibition was once the subject of her undergraduate thesis.

Kate says that the show will focus on Victorian children. "These photographs allow us to reflect on the importance of preserving and appreciating childhood while it lasts," she writes. "Children held a special place in the Victorian imagination and were celebrated for their seemingly boundless potential. This notion still rings true for us today."


Indeed, the Duchess celebrates and supports children through her royal work, most recently she starred in a PSA on children's mental health, and launched a website replete with resources for educators to better support their students struggling with emotional distress.

Personal captions written by the Duchess will also appear beneath each photograph, a testament to the care and knowledge she has surrounding her subject.

It's no surprise that Kate should choose photography–and no less children as a primary subject– as the medium for her show. In early January 2017, Kate was honored by the Royal Photographic Society for her family portraits and tour photos.

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