Duchess of Cambridge to open new art therapy room in school

The Duchess of Cambridge is spending Valentine's Day meeting young people benefiting from art therapy provided by one of her charities.

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Duchess of Cambridge visits art charity school project

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a charity project in north-west London. At Northolt High School Kate opened a newly refurbished room that has been transformed into a tranquil art studio and rest space with funds donated by global brokers Icap.

During her visit the Duchess joined a group of nine children who sat at large table in the art room creating still life paintings of pieces of fruit.

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to students at Northolt High School, London where she opened the The ICAP Art Room. Credit: PA

Kate, who is the Art Room's royal patron, spent more than half an hour chatting to the six girls and three boys and could be heard asking the youngster if they enjoyed their time in the lesson.

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to headteacher Gloria Lowe at Northolt High School Credit: PA
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to students and staff at Northolt High Schoo Credit: PA

Duchess of Cambridge raises profile of Art Room charity

The Duchess of Cambridge's involvement in charities such as the Art Room has "raised its profile undoubtedly", the chairman of the board of trustees said today, after she opened a new art therapy room at a school in West London.

Jo Lloyd Jones, chairman of the Art Room's board of trustees, spoke about the work his organisation does:

We take children at risk of exclusion, who are not coping for a wide range of reasons, and, using art techniques, are able to establish them back into main stream schools, giving them confidence and the ability to cope.

The important thing is she's genuinely interested in what we've done, there's a commitment on her part and we feel very privileged.

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