She once confessed that she was, “so nervous” and, “glad that it is over” after making her first ever speech on foreign soil, so the Duchess of Cambridge would no doubt have been nervous touching down in the Netherlands today for her first official visit abroad without Prince William by her side.

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After eight days of official visits and engagements with Prince William and her children in tow during the royal tour of Canada, Kate’s first official solo visit abroad today saw her visit the Hague and Rotterdam.

She began the trip by meeting King Willem-Alexander and enjoying lunch in his private home. The Duchess then embarked on a busy day of engagements. A History of Art graduate, Kate was able to indulge her love of art with a visit to the Mauritshuis gallery. Then, the Duchess joined a UK and Netherlands discussion on addiction and mental health.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands at Villa Eikenhorst in The Hague, Netherlands

The Duchess of Cambridge discussed tackling addiction and mental health issues across generations whilst in the Netherlands. This meeting takes places just one day after Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry stepped out to promote their ‘Heads Together’ campaign on World Mental Health Day.

Kate’s final engagement of the day took her to the neighbouring city of Rotterdam. There she visited Bouwkeet, a new community-focused initiative in the centre of an economically deprived district.

The day marked an important milestone in Kate’s role in the modern royal family. Without relying on Prince William, the Duchess held her own in front of her hosts and the world’s media.

Kate looked smart and sophisticated in a Catherine Walker skirt suit. She accessorised with a pair of diamond and pearl earrings borrowed from the Queen.

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Kate’s first official solo visit abroad was a success. However, the mother-of-two won’t be stepping out alone on official duties again anytime soon. Kate’s next official engagement is 14th October. She will visit Manchester with Prince William by her side again. The couple are expected to take part in a day of visits, “that celebrates the city’s heritage and people.”

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