Kate Middleton on the red carpet

Kate Middleton will be making an appearance at The Portrait Gala on February 11

Kate Middleton will make her first public appearance of 2014 – in an official royal capacity – at the National Portrait Gallery on February 11, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a patron of the famous London gallery, will attend a reception followed by a dinner for The Portrait Gala 2014. Some of Britain's leading names in the art world will join Kate for the event, including Grayson Perry, David Bailer and Jonathan Yeo.

The gallery will unveil its Pen Portraits and Mystery Postcards exhibitions at the fundraising events, with each pen portrait being sold for £500. Authors including Hilary Mantel, Jacqueline Wilson and AS Byatt have contributed literary portraits to accompany some of the gallery's most iconic paintings.

Funds raised at the gala 'will support the Gallery's daily work of delivering inspirational exhibitions and displays, offering unique learning opportunities and undertaking world class research,' a statement from the Palace said.

Kate's last visit to the National Portrait Gallery was back in April 2013, when she was six months pregnant with Prince George. For that occasion, Kate wore a beautiful baby blue Emilia Wickstead dress and grey pumps.

We look forward to seeing what Kate brings out of her wardrobe this time around...

By Olivia Marks

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