Kate Middleton wearing pearl earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge had clearly planned ahead before visiting the Mauritshuis art museum in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

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The Duchess was welcomed to The Hague on Tuesday.

With the knowledge that her private tour of the gallery would involve a viewing of Johannes Vermeer’s famous ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring,’ Kate, who is an art history graduate, chose to accessorize her Catherine Walker suit with a pair of pearl earrings borrowed from the Queen, the Telegraph reports.

Kate was shown works by the Dutch masters and paintings from the Queen’s Royal Collection by the museum’s director, Emilie Gordenker, who also thought pearl earrings would be a sensible jewellery choice for the occasion.

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Kate Middleton with the museum’s director Emilie Gordenker.

“She didn’t mention the earrings she was wearing, but she was interested in the painting,” Gordenker explained. “She asked if it had become a lot more popular since the film came out, and I said it definitely had.”

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Kate’s day trip to The Hague and Rotterdam was a milestone in her history of royal engagements, as it was the first time she had made a visit abroad without the Duke of Cambridge by her side.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US