15/01/2015 11:44 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Pregnant Duchess Of Cambridge Upstaged By Cross-Dressing Artist Grayson Perry


The Duchess of Cambridge met London school children today (Thursday January 15) during her first official engagement of 2015.

Kate, who is six months pregnant with her second child, visited Barlby Primary School in North Kensington, in her role as royal patron of charity The Art Room.

She was joined by another of the charity's patron's - Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry.

What Kate probably wasn't expecting when she picked her outfit for the event, was to be involved in a battle of the little black dresses with her co-host - a battle which she clearly lost.

Kate's black shift from British label Madderson may have been in keeping with her signature sleek maternity style, however Grayson's scene-stealing frilly mini was far more attention grabbing.

Kate and Grayson were at Barlby Primary School to name its new art studio.

The Clore Art Room opened in October 2014, but it's official naming ceremony had to be postponed as Kate was forced to cancel the engagement after developing hyperemesis gravidarum.

Better late than never, Kate arrived at the school today to be greeted with a rendition of Lean on Me from the school children.


Two Year 3 pupils Frankie Hudson and Je'nane Edwards then presented Kate with a piece of their artwork, a small chair prettily decorated with stamps.

The 'Stamp Chair' looks about the right size for Prince George - although is it treason to sit on images of the Queen? Perhaps it will become his seat of choice when his great-grandmother's lap isn't available.

Next, Kate enjoyed a private viewing of more of the children's artwork.

Followed by a discussion with Grayson and a group of headteachers about how The Art Room's work is making a difference to pupils.

Barlby school's new Clore Art Room is named after the Clore Duffield Foundation which will cover the running costs for the new space over the next three years.

The Art Room is a national charity which offers art as therapy to children and young people aged five to 16 who are facing challenges in their lives.

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