Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, did not disappoint fans in Luxembourg during her visit Thursday
Photo: Maison Moderne
The Duchess of Cambridge may have kept her fans waiting but she did not leave them disappointed when she attended a public event in Luxembourg on Thursday.
Photo: Maison Moderne
Hundreds of people gathered in Place Clairefontaine for a glimpse of Britain’s goodwill ambassador Kate Middleton as she attended the only public event of her visit.
Dressed in an elegant baby blue, knee-length dress, the duchess arrived by car at around 2:15pm where she was greeted by a sea of smartphones.
She was greeted by prime minister Xavier Bettel and sports minister Romain Schneider before moving into the square.
There, she received a gift from a child and spoke to cyclists Fränk Schleck and Kim Kirchen. After speeches from the sports minister and the secretary of state Francine Closener, she unveiled four pieces of art and stayed for around 20 minutes before being whisked away by car to the Grand Ducal palace.
“It was amazing!
Friends Chantal, Marianne and Viviane took the day off work specially to see the princess. They had a front row view of the duchess, having arrived in the square at 10:45am with a bottle of champagne, crowns and Union Jack flags. “We will wait as long as it takes,” said Chantal prior to the arrival.
Welsh national Wendy, meanwhile, was holidaying in Luxembourg with her husband when she learned the news about Kate’s visit. She told Delano: “It’s a lovely surprise! I’ve never met her before but I’m a big fan of all the royal family. They work hard to keep Britain on the top and she’s a brilliant ambassador.”
Céline and mother Olivia took plenty of photos of the royal visitor. “She is not different in the flesh from the photos. She’s very beautiful and natural,” Olivia said.
Sarah was part the Luxembourg City Conservatoire youth choir who sang in the square. “It was amazing,” she said, adding: “She has a presence that is so positive and nice. It was great being here to see her.”
Among the works of art the duchess unveiled were portraits of Luxembourg cycling legend Charly Gaul and British champion Tom Simpson, by British artist James Straffon.
Straffon will exhibit 13 portraits of cycling legends at the British Embassy Residence this summer and 35 giant stencils in 20 communes based along the Tour de France route in Luxembourg.
He had the chance to briefly explain his exhibition to the duchess. “She’s someone who talks to you on an easy-going level. You could tell there was a genuine interest,” he said.
The duchess’ was invited to Luxembourg as part of the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the 1867 Treaty of London, reinforcing Luxembourg’s independence and neutrality and forcing the withdrawal of the Prussian garrison from Luxembourg fortress. The fortifications themselves were also to be dismantled.
During her visit, the duchess visited the exhibitions of Tony Cragg and Darren Almond, at the Mudam, before meeting the Grand Ducal family.