Kate, Princess of Wales has stepped out in a stunning pink dress, one of her favourite colours at the moment, as she prepares to officially open the Young V&A in Bethnal Green before it reopens to the public on Saturday July 1. The royal’s Beulah London dress is a similar hue to an Alexander McQueen suit she wore to an engagement earlier in the year, however she first wore this dress for a trip to Wimbledon in July 2021.
The Young V&A, previously known as the V&A Museum of Childhood, has undergone a three-year restoration and will now be a world-leading museum for 0-14-year-olds dedicated to aiding their creativity, with local schoolchildren helping to co-design the building.
Along with their parents and teachers, schoolchildren in the area worked with the architects and Young V&A team to help reconceive how the building could be used, design key features, contribute to ideas for the displays and participate in organising new commissions.
As Patron of the V&A and having graduated from the University of St Andrews with a 2:1 in Art History, Kate’s love of art is combined with her early years campaigning at the Young V&A, which will house three new galleries specifically designed for different age groups.
Each new gallery, Play, Imagine and Design, will house nearly 2,000 objects from the museum’s own collection to help inspire children’s creativity in new ways.
Following her arrival the Princess was shown around the building by the schoolchildren who helped design it, with the first stop being the Play Gallery designed for babies and toddlers.
In the Play Gallery Kate spent time with the children and hear how the objects there help them develop their language, motor skills and constructive play.She then moved on to The Arcade, a space designed for teenagers which looks into the history and development of video and board game design.
After this the Princess saw the Design Gallery, which showcases how innovative pieces are designed and the power that design to influence the world for the better.