Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, has exhibited a lifelong passion for art.
Having earned a degree in art history from the University of St Andrews prior to joining the royal family, Kate finds ways to regularly nourish her artistic spirit in both her public role and private time.
From sneaking into exhibitions during off-hours to flexing her talents through sketching and curating, art has remained close to Kate’s heart.
As a patron of iconic art institutions, Kate puts her degree into practice while allowing museum visits to feed her inner life with inspiration and joy.
Kate Middleton’s love of art
Kate came to the royal family with an extensive formal background in art history, having pursued the subject as her university major.
Since her 2011 marriage to Prince William, the Princess has taken on the patronage of famed museums and galleries like the Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, and National Portrait Gallery. These roles allow Kate to maintain active connections to the art world.
However, the Princess makes sure that art still nourishes her soul beyond the public engagements.
The recent book ‘The Palace Papers’ revealed that Kate secretly visits museums ahead of public hours, allowing her time for quiet appreciation.
Once spotted admiring a David Hockney exhibit at 8 AM, she confessed to missing her art history studies and using museum trips as her artistic fix.
Kate also flexes her own talents through the years, putting her degree into practice. For her sister Pippa’s 2017 wedding, Kate sketched the ceremony venue of St. Mark’s Church for the printed program.
In 2018, Kate curated the photos and wrote their captions along with the foreword for a National Gallery exhibition titled “Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.”
King Charles also paints as an artistic hobby, but while Charles calls the act relaxing and therapeutic, Kate’s passion for art history runs deeper.
With her formal education and behind-the-scenes trips, the Princess of Wales proves art nourishes her spirit beyond duty or destressing. For Kate, art is part of her inner life.