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Kate touches down in Luxembourg for whirlwind one-day visit

The Duchess of Cambridge travelled without her husband Prince William and children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

by Ainhoa Barcelona

The Duchess of Cambridge jetted to Luxembourg to carry out a day of engagements on Thursday. Kate, who looked elegant in a pale blue Emilia Wickstead coat dress, was making her second solo foreign visit, travelling without her husband Prince William and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The royal's whirlwind trip included a meeting with the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg at the Grand Ducal Palace, as well as a visit to an art museum and a cycling-themed festival.

Kate, 35, began her trip at the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art where she was greeted by Princess Stephanie and cheering fans, who had waited outside in the sunshine for her to arrive. The history of art graduate toured current exhibitions by British artists Sir Tony Cragg and Darren Almond, then attended a reception with leading young Luxembourgers in the fields of culture, education, business and the charitable sector.

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Kate looked elegant in a pale blue Emilia Wickstead coat dress

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Kate then visited Place Clairefontaine which was playing host to a cycling-themed festival to celebrate the UK and Luxembourg's shared passion for the sport. The royal was introduced to the Grand Duchy's most famous cycling icons, and met children who are designing Tour de France jerseys, ahead of the tour coming to Luxembourg in July. She also unveiled a mural by British artist James Straffon of British cyclist Tom Simpson and Luxembourgish cycling legend Charly Gaul.

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The Duchess was met by Princess Stephanie on her second solo foreign visit

The Duchess' one-day trip aims to improve the UK and Luxembourg's already strong relationship, and was taken at the request of Her Majesty's government. Kate called in on the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg at the Grand Ducal Palace in the afternoon, where she spent roughly an hour with the couple. She then joined the official commemoration of the 1867 Treaty of London, which confirmed Luxembourg's independence and neutrality, at the Luxembourg City Museum. Following this, Kate was able to take in the stunning views of the capital from the corniche as she walked outside the museum.

Her last engagement of the day took her to the Dräi Eechelen Museum for the main commemoration event, where the Prime Minister, Mayor and Museum Director gave speeches. The Duchess was given a guided tour of 'Luxembourg 1867 – Open City', the new exhibition, which explains how the dismantling of Luxembourg's fortifications laid the foundation for the transformation of Luxembourg into an open and outward looking city and country.