Kate is beautifully in bloom wearing Orla Kiely at the National Portrait Gallery

By Laura Sutcliffe

The weather outside was frightful, but the Duchess of Cambridge braved the frost for the sake of a patronage close to her heart, the National Portrait Gallery in London. On Wednesday evening (Feb. 28), the keen photographer stepped out in style to take in an exhibit featuring Victorian-era photographs, dressing her baby bump in a beautiful floral Orla Kiely dress that retails for $866. The pregnant royal, who is due to give birth in April, was coat free as she dazzled shutterbugs and the waiting press. She topped her look off with heels and a nude clutch, glossy curled tresses and a radiant glow typical of the mom-to-be when she's expecting.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in a floral smock dress

Kate, 36, has been a patron of the gallery since 2012 and has written a foreword for the event, as well as captions for several selected images at the exhibition, which is called Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography. Portraits by influential artists Oscar Rejlander, Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret, Cameron and Lady Clementina Hawarden are on display.

Kate explored a new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery

This was the Duchess' second event of the day, having previously attended the very first annual Royal Foundation Forum in central London with her husband Prince William, brother-in-law Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle. All eyes were on the royals at the action-packed event, which also marked Kate and Meghan's first official joint engagement together. Duchess Kate looked especially radiant as she stepped out in a blue dress by Seraphine with button detail at the waist and simple court shoes. Meghan looked just as stylish in a navy dress by Jason Wu with statement shoulder detail and black high heel shoes. The event was themed 'Making a Difference Together', showcasing the programmes run by The Royal Foundation. Meghan is due to become the fourth Patron of The Royal Foundation following her wedding to Harry in May.

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