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Duchess Kate charms the Netherlands in her first solo trip abroad

The Duchess of Cambridge made her first solo trip abroad as royalty in a visit to the Netherlands.
/ Source: TODAY

The Duchess of Cambridge embarked on her first solo trip abroad since becoming royalty, paying a visit Tuesday to the Kingdom of the Netherlands before heading off to an art exhibit and meeting with various mental health charities.

Duchess Kate of Cambridge visits The Netherlands
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is greeted by Dutch King Willem-Alexander upon her arrival Tuesday in The Hague, Netherlands.Reuters

The former Kate Middleton was greeted by King Willem-Alexander at his official royal residence, Villa Eikenhorst, just outside The Hague.

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Duchess Kate of Cambridge visits The Netherlands
Kate and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands at the royal residence, Villa EikenhorstGetty Images

The duchess then paid a visit to the Mauritshuis museum to see an exhibition featuring 22 old master paintings on loan from the British Royal Collection.

Kate also toured the museum’s permanent collection, which includes Johannes Vermeer’s best-known work, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” along with “The Goldfinch” by Carel Fabritius.

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Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge visits The Netherlands
Kate met schoolchildren outside the Mauritshuis Gallery.Chris Jackson / Getty Images
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge visits The Netherlands

Before and after her visit to the gallery, the duchess stopped to greet some of the hundreds of well-wishers who lined the street outside the museum.

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Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge visits The Netherlands
Kate, wearing a Catherine Walker skirt suit, is seen outside the Mauritshuis art gallery.Chris Jackson / Getty Images

She then headed off to host a roundtable discussion with several charities, including two of the British organizations she patronizes, the Anna Freud Centre, which supports children’s mental health, and Action on Addiction, which helps families dealing with substance abuses.

Kate's final stop took place in the port city of Rotterdam, where she visited a community project that helps teach neighborhood youths skills ranging from wood and metal work to technology-related abilities.

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Kate's trip to the Netherlands is her first trip outside the United Kingdom without her husband, Prince William. A 2004 visit she had planned to make to Malta was canceled after the duchess became ill with a severe form of morning sickness.

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