Kate the great: Why Kate Middleton and the National Portrait Gallery are a marriage made in Heaven

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By Romeo Says So

The announcement that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is to become a patron to four UK charities, one of which, turning out to be the National Portrait Gallery. Kate, a former Art History graduate from St. Andrews, is said to have spent time visiting and researching various charities up and down the country before finalising her decision; and when the announcement came, I couldn’t help but think what a great boost this could be for British Arts as a whole.

To my mind, Kate choosing this particular charity isn’t some half baked PR effort, but the real deal. The Duchess is reported to have a genuine interest, (after all, it was studying Art History in the first place that led her to meeting Prince William.)

I’ve visited the National Portrait Gallery countless times over the years, and it still remains one of my favourites. Its success, I’m sure, has partially come from the nature of its very being; a portrait gallery. All of us, (whether we’d like to admit it or not) are let’s face it, quite nosey. As humans we simply cannot help ourselves; which is why social media platforms such as blogging, Twitter and Facebook can often be so prolific. Humans are simply fascinated by other humans.

Just as with social media, NPG allows you to glimpse into another person’s life, in a way that you might not have been able to before, for example; I remember back in 2004 standing in a packed gallery, watching the newly installed film by Sam Taylor Wood, that featured a rather angelic looking David Beckham asleep in his hotel room, and more recently in 2010, viewing a portrait by Nicky Phillips of none other than Middleton’s new husband, and brother in law, Princes William and Harry seemingly relaxed in presence.

Rather fitting then, you might say, for the woman who is fast becoming Britain’s most photographed person, to patron a gallery specialising in British portraiture.