The Prince and Princess of Wales were not among the guests for the opening day of Royal Ascot. But there was a good reason for William and Kate’s absence, as they both had engagements on Tuesday.

The Princess, 41, reopened the National Portrait Gallery in London, following an extensive three-year refurbishment. 

Kate, who wore a Self Portrait blazer dress for her outing, joined nursery children taking part in a Beatrix Potter-themed workshop as she learned about the Gallery’s new Under 5’s Programme.

The royal mum-of-three also viewed the new Yevonde: Life and Colour exhibition. Kate, who studied History of Art at the University of St Andrews, became patron of the National Portrait Gallery in 2012.

Meanwhile, Prince William, who turns 41 on Wednesday, visited St George’s Park, England’s national football centre to meet with the England Women’s team and wish them luck ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup which is taking place across Australia and New Zealand in July.

In his role as President of the FA, William met England’s Head Coach, Sarina Wigeman, to hear about the Lionesses’ preparations for the tournament. The Prince also surprised the England manager by presenting her with her CBE during his visit.