The Duchess of Cambridge visits art exhibition

Kate Middleton impressed at her first royal public solo engagement without Prince William last night.

The Duchess of Cambridge attended a new exhibition by the late Lucian Freud at London’s National Portrait Gallery, choosing a coat by high street label Jesire for the occasion.

Kate, 30, teamed her chic grey jacket, which had an oversized collar, with a black box clutch, matching belt and Jimmy Choo heels.

Though Kate attended a private dinner on behalf of Prince Charles last year, yesterday was the first time she’d stepped out in an official capacity without her husband by her side.

RAF co-pilot Wills, 29, was posted to the Falklands for 6 weeks at the beginning of this month.

Lonely Kate is planning to spend a lot of her alone time visiting her charities around the UK.

‘The Duchess will have a handful of engagements while the Duke is away,’ a spokesman told The Mail On Sunday.

‘She will visit all her patronages publicly at least once and continue to visit them privately.

‘It will be a busy period.’

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