Duchess to view portraits of herself on day of engagements


The Duchess of Cambridge has a busy day ahead as she visits a magical garden, attends a mental health lunch and views pictures of herself at a glamorous exhibition.

Kate will see Hampton Court's recently unveiled Magic Garden, marking the official opening of the palace's new children's play area.

Designed by RHS Chelsea award-winning landscape architect Robert Myers, it draws inspiration from the myths and legends of the Tudor court.

The Duchess will be taken on a tour of the play area, and shown some of its unique features.

Along the way, she will meet those involved in its design and construction, as well as children and families enjoying the new facilities.

Kate will then attend a short reception in the grounds of Hampton Court, and unveil a plaque to celebrate the garden's official opening.

Later, Kate will undertake her first engagement as patron of the Anna Freud Centre at a lunch reception supporting the development of a new centre of excellence for children's mental health.

She will meet families who have benefited from the centre, as well as key supporters, and see a short film about the ambitions of the organisation.

Kate has a continued interest in drawing attention to child mental health issues and the importance of early intervention, and working with the whole family to provide children with in-school mental health services.

She is keen to draw attention to the ways in which the charity is working to lead a change in children's and young people's mental health care.

Kate's day of engagements will be topped off with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery to view the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition.

It will be the first time she will have seen two photographic portraits of herself which were taken as part of a wider spread in British Vogue's centenary June issue.

The National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate has been patron since 2012, has collaborated with British Vogue on the series of portraits, shot by photographer Josh Olins in the Norfolk countryside, and styled by Vogue Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers.