Kate backstage at the Royal Opera House
The Duchess of Cambridge got to go backstage at London's Royal Opera House yesterday morning! Kate is a theatre and ballet fan, something that she shares with her daughter Princess Charlotte. Both Cambridges visited the Royal Ballet last Christmas to watch The Nutcracker. We've found out exactly what Kate got up to backstage...
Every Ballet Lover's Dream
Duchess Catherine's (37) day out yesterday was every ballet lovers' dream! Kate visited the costume department and met costumiers at work, met Royal Ballet principal dancers Lauren Cuthbertson, Laura Morera and Vadim Muntagirov and even got to watch a rehearsal for the romantic ballet, The Two Pigeons.
The Duchess meets @TheRoyalBallet Principal Dancers @LondonBallerina Lauren Cuthbertson, Laura Morera, Tomas Mock and @VMuntagirov, who discuss some of the challenges of dancing in costumes. #RoyalOperaHouse pic.twitter.com/tVWjD35HaM— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 16, 2019
Kate last visited the Royal Opera House with her daughter Charlotte (3) in December. This time she opted for a purple Oscar de la Renta skirt suit and gold-buckled black patent Rupert Sanderson heels and, after seeing Meghan's fabulous purple and red ensemble earlier this week, we have to conclude that purple is the way to go this week.
The Duchess of Cambridge toured the costume department, which makes up to 600 costumes every season! Head of Costume, Fay Fullerton, explained that the costumes have to be designed to allow the dancers a large range of movement.
Fay Fullerton, @RoyalOperaHouse's Head of Costume, shows The Duchess ballet costumes during today's visit to Covent Garden – which are especially designed to allow dancers to move freely. #RoyalOperaHouse pic.twitter.com/yKIxXCYOze— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 16, 2019
Kate visited the pattern room and was given a quick lesson on how new costumes are designed, as well as how fabrics are sourced for them.
Her next stop was the dye shop, where fabrics that are no longer available can be reproduced using a variety of techniques, including dyeing, hand-painting, staining and digital printing.
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Today at the @royaloperahouse, The Duchess of Cambridge heard about the techniques used to create opera and ballet costumes – before meeting some of The Royal Ballet dancers, @londonballerina, Laura Morera, Tomas Mock, and @vadimmuntagirovofficial, who explained how stage lighting and movement will influence the design of their costumes. Swipe to see the Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal
Tour over, Kate met the Royal Ballet's principal dancers, Lauren Cuthbertson, Laura Morera and Vadim Muntagirov and even got to watch them rehearse The Two Pigeons ballet!