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The Duchess of Cambridge opens the V&A's new photography centre

Published 8 October 2018

The Duchess makes her first visit to the museum since becoming its first Royal Patron in March 2018.

The Duchess of Cambridge opened the Victoria and Albert Museum's new photography centre this evening. This was the first visit for The Duchess to the museum since becoming its first Royal Patron in March 2018.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, known as the V&A, is the the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design. It's new Photography Centre follows the follows the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection and includes thousands of photographs, camera equipment and journals.

The new collections has allowed the museum to redesign its telling the story of photography; enabling a vivid experience for visitors to travel back to the beginnings of the art form in the early 20th century and into the present day.

During The Duchess's visit to the V&A, curators took a moment to show Her Royal Highness a coronet worn by Queen Victoria (The Queen's Great-Great Grandmother).

At the end of the visit, The Duchess of Cambridge unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the new Photography Centre. The Centre will open its doors to the public on 12 October 2018. The first phase of the centre will more than double the space dedicated to photography at the Museum.