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LIVE: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton visits Turner Contemporary and Resort Studios in Margate

ByKentOnline reporter
  • The Duchess of Cambridge is in Margate today
  • Kate is visiting the Turner Contemporary'sSelf: Image and Identityexhibition
  • HRH is also going to the Resort Studios in Cliftonville to meet local artists
  • The visit is one of her last engagements before having her second child

Watch: The Duchess of Cambridge visits Resort Studios - Jem Collins reports


Watch: The Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Kent - Jem Collins reports

2pm

That's it - the Duchess of Cambridge has left Kent.

Thank you for reading our live coverage of what has been an exciting day for Margate and Kent as a whole.

You can re-live it all by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

The Duchess of Cambridge at Resort Studios
The Duchess of Cambridge at Resort Studios

1.26pm

The Duchess has now left Resort Studios. Her second visit was short and sweet, and she did not have time to chat to the crowd of more than 50 outside.

The artists told Kate how grateful they were to her for visiting Cliftonville, which is often cast in a negative light.

The Duchess leaving Resort Studios
The Duchess leaving Resort Studios

1.12pm

Kate is now meeting architect Tamsin Landells who designed the Resort Studios and her husband Tim Ratliff - and their own new arrival Evan, who is six weeks old.

The Duchess chatted to the couple about Prince George, telling them he is now at the age where he runs around and she has to chase after him.

Kate meeting architect Tamsin Landells, her husband Tim Ratliff and their six-week-old son Evan
Kate meeting architect Tamsin Landells, her husband Tim Ratliff and their six-week-old son Evan
The Duchess at Resort Studios
The Duchess at Resort Studios

The creative hub was founded in 2013 as a space that encourages experimentation and collaboration in the arts.

Speaking earlier, director Dan Chilcott said of Kate's visit: "We are thrilled she’s coming to Margate in general after the regeneration of the arts we have had here.

"Having the spotlight on us is really exciting and it’s something to be celebrated."

1.05pm

We're hearing the Thanet Extra team were successful in their mission to give the Duchess a babygrow for her new arrival.

Kate happily accepted the item, emblazoned with the message "Everyone loves an Extra" for baby number two.

Editor Leo Whitlock tweeted: "Mission complete".

Kate waves to crowds, holding a bouquet and the Thanet Extra's gift - a babygrow
Kate waves to crowds, holding a bouquet and the Thanet Extra's gift - a babygrow

12.56pm

Kate is hearing all about Thanet's thriving art scene. She says she is happy to hear Margate is "on the up".

She is having a tour of the building and meeting creatives including a silk-worker, a fashion designer and an artist who makes woolen jellyfish!

Kate with the wooly jellyfish at Resort Studios, pictured with Dan Chilcott
Kate with the wooly jellyfish at Resort Studios, pictured with Dan Chilcott

12.41pm

The Duchess is now inside the art studios, and is chatting to local artists.

The centre is a hub for creative professionals in Thanet.

The Duchess sharing a joke with artists at Resort Studio
The Duchess sharing a joke with artists at Resort Studio
Duchess of Cambridge Kate
Duchess of Cambridge Kate

12.36pm

Kate has now arrived at Resort Studios, which is a half-a-mile journey up the hill into Cliftonville.

She is greeting a large group of people there, and has accepted a bouquet of flowers from an 11-year-old boy called Martin Slepcikova.

Martin is working on an exhibition about his native Slovakia with the help of artist Alex Sturock.

He showed the Duchess a montage of photos taken in Croatia.

Martin Slepcikova showing the Duchess his montage of photos from Croatia
Martin Slepcikova showing the Duchess his montage of photos from Croatia

12.30pm

Kate has left the Turner Contemporary. She is now greeting the crowds outside.

The Duchess has accepted a bouquet from a well-wisher - one of many to take flowers along for her.

The gallery has tweeted a message thanking the Duchess for her visit, adding that it was a pleasure to have her there.

12.18pm

There are murmurings among the growing crowds outside that Kate is due to leave the Turner soon.

People who have been waiting for hours are hoping the Duchess will have time to meet them before going to her next engagement.

She may be eight months pregnant, but the princess shows no signs of slowing down.

Tomorrow, she will be visiting the set of Downton Abbey and meeting the likes of stars Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville.

She will then attend the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot, home to 1st Battalion Irish Guards, on Tuesday.

12.01pm

Among the artworks Kate admired today was Whitstable artist Jeremy Millar's shocking 'Self Portrait as a Drowned Man'.

One onlooker inside the Turner described the Duchess's face as "a picture" as she was confronted with the piece, which is designed to look like a washed-up dead body.

Kate looks at Jeremy Millar's Self-Portrait as a Drowned Man
Kate looks at Jeremy Millar's Self-Portrait as a Drowned Man

11.50am

Half a mile up the road in Cliftonville, the Resort Studios is preparing for the Duchess's arrival.

Resort Studios in Cliftonville
Resort Studios in Cliftonville

She will venture to the art studios in Athelstan Road after her tour of the Turner is complete.

Police and security can be seen there, and bunting has been draped across the front of the building.

A small crowd has also assembled behind a cordon.

11.39am

Meanwhile, outside the Turner, than 100 people are still waiting for the princess to re-emerge.

Among them is Lorna Steel, of Cliftonville, who said: "I saw the Queen come here last time and this is wonderful for the town, putting Margate on the map once again."

Crowds turned out for the Duchess's visit
Crowds turned out for the Duchess's visit

Sisters Bellda Bottle and Jennifer Horsington from Margate have seen royalty visit Thanet before.

Bellda said: "She looked lovely like she always does. I went to London to see her wedding and my sister and I are big fans of the royal family.

"She looked lovely like she always does..." - Bellda Bottle

"They are ours to support and if you don't support your country nobody else will!"

Jenny Duff from the Pie Factory art gallery in Margate is also there, hoping to hand a toy rabbit to the Duchess as a gift for the new baby.

The last time Kate came to Kent was back in 2012, when she visited Margaret McMillan House near Wrotham.

While there, she met youngsters as they experienced the countryside for the first time.

The Duchess of Cambridge during a previous visit to Kent. Picture - David Parker
The Duchess of Cambridge during a previous visit to Kent. Picture - David Parker

11.25am

The Duchess is now meeting Year 5 children from Ramgate's Holy Trinity and St John's Church of England Primary School.

They are gathered in the Clore Studio cutting magazines to make portraits. Kate has asked them what they like about the workshop and how long they have been doing it.

She then made her way back down stairs where the Kent County Youth Orchestra (part of Kent Music) played.

Turner Contemporary Chair John Kampfner then made a short speech where he praised the gallery’s success and thanked the staff and patrons who had gathered to greet the Duchess.

Kate meets Turner Contemporary staff. Picture: Andy Jones/Isle of Thanet Gazette
Kate meets Turner Contemporary staff. Picture: Andy Jones/Isle of Thanet Gazette

Afterwards, he said: “She was very engaged with members here. I said she should bring George and the new baby with her next time!

"She especially liked how the older more traditional paintings ware hung alongside modern pieces.”

11.03am

The royal is now viewing the the gallery’s Self: Image and Identity exhibition which features the last self-portrait by Sir Anthony Van Dyck.

This painting was recently bought for the nation by the National Portrait Gallery after a massive public appeal.

The Duchess admires Sir Anthony van Dyck's self-portrait. Picture: Andy Jones/Isle of Thanet Gazette
The Duchess admires Sir Anthony van Dyck's self-portrait. Picture: Andy Jones/Isle of Thanet Gazette

The painting is now on a British tour where Turner Contemporary is the first stop.

National Portrait Gallery curator Catharine MacLeoud said: "She loved seeing the van Dyck and asked searching questions regarding the setting and about the frame which we believe is contemporary to the painting.

"It was like she was revisiting an old friend (since initially seeing the piece at the National Portrait Gallery). She also commented on how his eyes seemed to follow you around the room."

10.54am

Kate is currently having a tour of the gallery. Here she is meeting artist Trish Morrissey.

The Dubliner’s photography, which was shot on Kingsgate Bay, shows the artist with a family sitting on the beach in summer.

The Duchess shares a joke with Trish Morrissey. Picture: Andy Jones/Isle of Thanet Gazette
The Duchess shares a joke with Trish Morrissey. Picture: Andy Jones/Isle of Thanet Gazette
Kate chats to artist Trish Morrissey. Picture: Andy Jones/Isle of Thanet Gazette
Kate chats to artist Trish Morrissey. Picture: Andy Jones/Isle of Thanet Gazette

The Duchess is an art-lover. She studied history of art at university, and serves as patron of the National Portrait Gallery.

10.45am

More than 100 people are still lining the streets leading up to the gallery while the Duchess is inside.

They gave a huge cheer as she emerged from the car, but she was led straight to the entrance of the gallery.

Wishful thinking from some fans with a great view opposite the gallery
Wishful thinking from some fans with a great view opposite the gallery

Undeterred, the crowds are waiting for her to re-appear in the hope of catching another glimpse of her. Many are clutching bouquets of flowers and gifts for the popular royal.

10.40am

The Duchess has met with trustees of the Turner. She is now inside, and will shortly meet local schoolchildren and artists before viewing the Self: Image and Identity exhibition.

Video: The Duchess of Cambridge inside the Turner

10.35am

Kate has now entered the Turner Contemporary. Here is footage of her arrival.

She was greeted by Evelyn Stern, wife of renowned architect Sir David Chipperfield who designed the gallery which opened to the public in 2011.

After meeting members of Thanet council including leader Iris Johnston and acting chief executive Madeline Homer, the Duchess then made her way upstairs to view the exhibition and meet some of the artists whose work was on display.

10.30am

Kate is at the top of the steps leading to the Turner, currently talking to gallery officials. A bright, sunny day for a seaside visit, if a little windy.

We're told Kate is wearing an animal-print coat from Hobbs. Very nice, too.

10.27am

The Duchess of Cambridge has arrived!

Kate arriving at the Turner
Kate arriving at the Turner
The Duchess meeting dignitaries
The Duchess meeting dignitaries

A convoy of cars and police officers on motorcycles could be seen making their way along Marine Drive before Kate emerged in a car.

Video: Kate's arrival in Margate

As she got out, there was a huge cheer from the waiting crowds. The Duchess was led to the entrance of the Turner, where she met trustees and dignitaries before being led inside.

10.25am

The Duchess is expected to arrive any minute now. Dozens are there to welcome her to the town.

Video: Crowds waiting to see Kate 

10.18am

Reporter Joanna Earle speaks to Kate fans waiting outside the gallery this morning.

Listen: Joanna Earle reports live from Margate

10.10am

Schoolchildren inside the Turner Contemporary. They will be meeting the Duchess later today.

School pupils inside the Turner Contemporary, who will be meeting Kate later
School pupils inside the Turner Contemporary, who will be meeting Kate later

Reporter Joanna Earle, who is reporting from inside the gallery, says Kate will also meet artists including Trish Morrisey while there.

10.01am

KentOnline's sister paper the Thanet Extra produced this babygrow as a present for the expectant mum. It's proving a hit with the crowds. Do you think the Duchess will like it?

9.45am

Our reporting team is just as excited as the growing crowds. There's a buzz outside the seafront gallery as fans of the princess await her arrival. Follow live updates on Twitter using the hashtag #kateinkent

As well as royalists and the odd flag-seller, the world's press has also descended on Margate today to report on the royal visit - one of heavily-pregnant Kate's last engagements before giving birth.

Flag seller Rupert is hoping to make a killing today
Flag seller Rupert is hoping to make a killing today

9.40am

We think we've already found the people who have travelled the furthest to be here. This family came all the way from Australia!

This family came all the way from Australia
This family came all the way from Australia

For more about why Kate is in Kent and what she will be doing, click here.

9.37am

Crowds have already started to gather in anticipation of Kate's arrival at the Turner. This family is hoping Kate's security will allow them to get close enough to offer the royal a bouquet of flowers.

Leyla Larkins and her daughters Bethany and Ellie are hoping to hand Kate a bouquet of flowers
Leyla Larkins and her daughters Bethany and Ellie are hoping to hand Kate a bouquet of flowers

9.30am

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Margate. 

Our team will keep you up-to-date with words, pictures, video and audio from the Turner Contemporary and the Resort Studios throughout Kate's visit.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton

Reporters Joanna Earle, James Rose, Jemma Collins and Emily Stott, and photographers Barry Goodwin, Tony Flashman and Gary Browne are in the town awaiting her arrival.

Don't forget to refresh this page for all the latest.

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