Princess Kate is back on a diplomatic mission in Europe on Thursday.


Princess Kate is back on a diplomatic mission in Europe on Thursday.

The royal mom arrived in Luxembourg to take part in celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the nation’s independence and will celebrate the cultural and historic ties between the U.K. and Luxembourg.

Kate – in a sky blue bespoke double wool crepe coat by Emilia Wickstead – began her day to cheers alongside the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg as she visited the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM) and the exhibitions by British artists Sir Tony Cragg and Darren Almond.

She then met leading young locals who work in culture, education, business and the charitable sector.

Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage
Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage

Then, at a cycling themed festival Place Clairefontaine, sport-loving Kate is meeting the Grand Duchy’s cycling icons and children who are designing Tour de France jerseys. The tour swings through Luxembourg in July.

But this visit is also about the “soft diplomatic” power of the royal family in action as Britain bids to maintain close ties with its European neighbors as negotiations loom over Brexit — the departure from the political and economic union with 27 other nations. She joined Prince William in Paris earlier this year and in July the couple is set to visit Germany and Poland.

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Her diplomatic highpoint comes when she calls on Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg at the Grand Ducal Palace and joins in with the official commemoration of the 1867 Treaty of London, which confirmed Luxembourg’s independence and neutrality, at the Luxembourg City Museum.

Last year, Kate took another solo trip to Europe, when she visited the Netherlands, where she highlighted her ongoing campaign on mental health.