Duchess Kate pens poignant letter on her college days for new photo exhibit

By hellomagazine.com

The Duchess of Cambridge is using her art history degree to curate a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Called "Victorian Giants: The Birth Of Art Photography," the display will show works of art by the likes of Oscar Rejlander, Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron and Lady Clementina Hawarden.

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In a forward the mom-to-three penned for the exhibition, she reflected on her time as a college student and said she hopes the works of art will inspire people to cherish children.

“These photographs allow us to reflect on the importance of preserving and appreciating childhood while it lasts. Children held a special place in the Victorian imagination and were celebrated for their seemingly boundless potential," she wrote. "This notion still rings true for us today and it underpins much of my official work and the charities I have chosen to support, and, indeed, my role as a mother of a young family."

Describing herself as an “enthusiastic amateur photographer,” Duchess Kate added that the Victorian period has long been an interest of hers. “As a student at the University of St. Andrews, I chose it as the subject of my undergraduate thesis and photographs of children in particular, which feature predominantly within the exhibition, are of real interest to me."

The 36-year-old, who has been Patron of the Gallery since 2012, has also captioned some of the curated images and will visit the exhibit on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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