Kate tours Lucian Freud show on first solo engagement

Duchess of Cambridge at National Portrait Gallery The duchess has a history of art degree from the University of St Andrew's

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The Duchess of Cambridge has carried out her first solo public engagement, at a preview of a new Lucian Freud exhibition in central London.

Kate met dignitaries and was walked round the show at the National Portrait Gallery, of which she is a patron.

St James's Palace has confirmed the duchess has also agreed to pose for a portrait for the gallery.

Prince William is currently deployed in the Falkland Islands as an RAF Search and Rescue co-pilot.

The duchess was taken around the exhibition - part of the countdown to the London 2012 Festival - by gallery director Sandy Nairne and exhibition curator Sarah Howgate.

Freud, one of Britain's most distinguished and highly-regarded artists, died last year at the age of 88.

Mr Nairne said: "The duchess was extremely attentive and I think really interested in not just the chance to see the full range of Lucian Freud's work but very interested to see the differences in technique.

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"Because the early work is very fine in particular and then of course the work changes and becomes much more painterly."

Kate has a history of art degree from the University of St Andrews, where she and William met in 2001.

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