Kate Middleton shows of slender frame in stunning dress that seems to be inspired by Meghan Markle

During her tour, Kate saw the jewelry gallery and the famous Victoria coronet, along with the modern art piece of Beyoncé's Papillon ring

Kate Middleton shows of slender frame in stunning dress that seems to be inspired by Meghan Markle

Kate Middleton, who recently rejoined her royal duties after a five-month-long maternity leave, was absolutely in her element on Wednesday as she stepped out to see a vast collection of pictures in a landmark museum. The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Victoria & Albert Museum, not far from her Kensington Palace home, in order to take a look at some of the 800,000 images in the new Photography Centre, reports the Daily Mail

The photography fan, who has published her own sweet pictures of her children in the past, was shown around by the museum's director Tristram Hunt. During her tour, The Duchess saw the jewelry gallery and the famous Victoria coronet, along with the modern art piece of Beyoncé's Papillon ring. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the opening of the V&A Photography Centre at Victoria & Albert Museum on October 10, 2018, in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge became the Royal Patron of the V&A in March 2018 and this is her first visit in the role. (Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the opening of the V&A Photography Centre at Victoria & Albert Museum on October 10, 2018, in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge became the Royal Patron of the V&A in March 2018 and this is her first visit in the role. (Getty Images)

It was Kate's first visit to the museum in an official capacity since she became the royal patron only in March. For the event, the mother-of-three chose to dress up in a mid-calf fit-and-flare frock from British label Erdem, which she accessorized with a small box clutch, vertiginous heels, and earrings from the same designer label.

The Duchess was faintly surprised on her visit as she was shown Queen Victoria's coronet, which had been designed by Prince Albert and was made for the Sovereign between 1840-42. The sapphire and diamond coronet was a reminder of the name carried by the museum, as well as Kate's welcome as the Royal Patron for the first time.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the opening of the V&A Photography Centre at Victoria & Albert Museum on October 10, 2018, in London, England. (Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the opening of the V&A Photography Centre at Victoria & Albert Museum on October 10, 2018, in London, England. (Getty Images)

Kate also visited the photography center later on, and at the door, she marveled at some of the 150 cameras from 160 years that make up an entire display. She also saw the opening display, called 'Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital', as well as some historical prints and contemporary photography which the center is currently showcasing.

At the event, Kate formally opened the new photography center during her visit, and also got a chance to meet some of the curators at the museum. The new photography center reportedly has been given more than double the amount of space at the V&A.

Kate Middleton became the Royal Patron of the V&A in March 2018 and this is her first visit in the role. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton became the Royal Patron of the V&A in March 2018 and this is her first visit in the role. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said in a statement, "Our collection – established by the V&A's visionary first director Henry Cole - now seamlessly spans the entire history of photography, telling the story of the medium from the daguerreotype to the digital."

"Our new Photography Centre provides a world-class facility to re-establish photography as one of our defining collections. In an era when everyone's iPhone makes them a photographer, the V&A's Photography Centre explores and explains the medium in a compelling new way." 

Kate was wearing Jimmy Choo Romy shoes in a sharp oxblood shade made in a sumptuous velvet (Getty Images)
Kate was wearing Jimmy Choo Romy shoes in a sharp oxblood shade made in a sumptuous velvet (Getty Images)