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Kate Middleton stuns in Erdem on first visit to V&A museum as patron

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Shes been out of the game for a while now but Kate Middleton is well and truly back.

The Duchess of Cambridge was seen in her element at the official opening of a new photography centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum on Wednesday evening.

The duchess, who was paying her first visit to the museum since becoming a patron in March, was given a tour of the exhibition at the design museum before meeting the curators and unveiling a plaque.

But its her choice of dress that has left many people talking.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nils Jorgensen/REX (9921753a) Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Duchess of Cambridge opens V&A Photography Centre, London, UK - 10 Oct 2018 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge opens a new centre at Victoria and Albert Museum developing its photography collection. Sir Paul McCartney has donated dozens of photographs taken by his late wife Linda, including images of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and personal portraits of the McCartney family on holiday.

The Duchess of Cambridge was seen in her element at the official opening of a new photography centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum on Wednesday evening (Picture: Rex)

Sporting a mid-calf frock from British label Erdems SS18 collection, the mother-of-three stunned as she walked through the museum.

She paired the dress with a small box clutch, maroon heels and £290 earrings also from Erdem.

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The duchess, who studied art history at university, showed her expertise in the field during her visit, according to Martin Barnes, the museums senior curator of the exhibition.

She is a really knowledgeable student in art history, so she understood about the technology behind the photos, he said.

The Duchess of Cambridge leaving after opening the new photography centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 10, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Kate was paying her first visit to the museum since becoming a patron in March (Picture: PA)

I really got a sense of her knowledge and interest in how it is relevant today but how its history informs its present.

Displays in the new centre, the first phase of which more than doubles the amount of space in the museum dedicated to photography, will be drawn from the London museums collection of more than 800,000 photographs.

More gallery space is set to be given over to photography in the museum by 2022.

The first exhibition to be held in the centre – called Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital – showcases photos taken from the 19th century, when the medium was first invented, up to the present day.

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to open the new photography centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 10, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Jack Hill/The Times/PA Wire

Sporting a mid-calf frock from British label Erdems SS18 collection, the mother-of-three stunned as she walked through the museum (Picture: PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to open the new photography centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 10, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Jack Hill/The Times/PA Wire

She was walked through the museum by museum director Tristam Hunt (Picture: PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to open the new photography centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 10, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Jack Hill/The Times/PA Wire

The duchess, who studied art history at university, showed her expertise in the field during her visit (Picture: PA)

Tristram Hunt, the former Labour MP who is now the director of the V&A, said: Our new photography centre provides a world-class facility to re-establish photography as one of our defining collections.

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In an era when everyones iPhone makes them a photographer, the V&As photography centre explores and explains the medium in a compelling new way.

He also thanked the gallerys Kensington neighbour the Duchess of Cambridge for unveiling the official plaque.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the opening of the V&A Photography Centre at Victoria & Albert Museum on October 10, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge became the Royal Patron of the V&A in March 2018 and this is her first visit in the role. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Mr Hunt thanked the duchess for unveiling the official plaque (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The Duchess of Cambridge during the opening of the new photography centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 10, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Jack Hill/The Times/PA Wire

Visitors entering the new photography centre will pass a display of more than 150 cameras spanning 160 years (Picture: PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge looks at the artwork during a visit to open the new photography centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 10, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Jack Hill/The Times/PA Wire

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday and entrance is free (Picture: PA)

Visitors entering the new photography centre will pass a display of more than 150 cameras spanning 160 years.

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday and entrance is free.

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