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Kate hails Oxford charity's achievements

Duchess of Cambridge last night. Credit: PA

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of the power of art to change people's lives in a speech to celebrate the work of one of her charities, Oxford-based The Art Room.

Kate told an audience of 250 artists, schoolchildren and supporters of The Art Room, of which she is patron, that it felt "incredibly special" to be at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Wednesday night to celebrate the work of the charity.

The Art Room, which uses art to increase children's self-confidence and independence, was marking its 11th anniversary and launching a new fundraising campaign at the event.