Kate Middleton visits the Netherlands on first solo trip abroad

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On Tuesday, Prince William’s wife visited the Mauritshuis Museum for the opening of the exhibition ‘At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection’, where she admired works by Dutch painters.

Interestingly, Catherine, dressed in a pale blue Catherine Walker suit, was wearing a pair of pearl earrings loaned by the Queen, which were very similar to the one in the painting by 17th century artist Vermeer.

The Duchess also met King Willem-Alexander in his country villa Eikenhorst at The Hague for a royal chat.

Kate wasn’t the only one who was unaccompanied, as Queen Máxima was not present during the visit since she is currently in her native Argentina. Prince William had to stay at home in order to knight Pop singer Rod Stewart at Buckingham Palace.

After the museum visit, Kate stopped to exchange a few words with the crowd waving Dutch and British flags.

Later, she arrived in the port city of Rotterdam to see a community-focused project in which young people learn craft and design skills.

In the end, the engagement didn’t only mark her first solo trip overseas as she boarded a British Airways commercial flight back to London, much to the surprise of her fellow passengers who were quick to take a few photos of the royal.

However, the Duchess did enjoy the perks of being a royal: she was escorted off the plane first after landing, and a car was reportedly waiting on the tarmac at London City Airport.