Kate Middleton Knits a Hat and Hangs Out with Robots During Her Solo Netherlands Trip

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The Duchess of Cambridge had quite the whirlwind day in the Netherlands.

After arriving in the country this morning for her first official visit and solo trip, Kate Middleton was welcomed by crowds of admirers and promptly greeted by Dutch King Willem-Alexander. For the occasion, the mother of two wowed in an elegant periwinkle blue coat and matching pencil skirt by Catherine Walker & Co. that she paired with complementary neutral pumps. She added pearl earrings to complete her ensemble, and pulled her brunette strands into a chic low bun.

The royal beauty then paid a visit to the Mauritshuis gallery, where she viewed Johannes Vermeer's famed painting Girl with a Pearl Earring and received a private tour of the museum's permanent collection.

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Princess Catherine later took part in a discussion on addiction and mental health (of which she is a longtime champion) with experts from the Trimbos Institute along with representatives from Action on Addiction and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. The panel was hosted by British Ambassador Sir Geoffrey Adams at the residence in The Hague.

She subsequently headed to meet children at Bouwkeet, a creative workshop in Rotterdam where children and teenagers can learn craft and design skills. During the visit, Middleton happily tried her hand at knitting a colorful hat, heard from women making chairs in the wood work room, and attended a robotics class.

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