William and Kate are coming to Dundee for a royal visit to officially open the V&A

Cancel your plans, royal watchers, and instead get down to the V&A on Tuesday — because Kate and Wills are in town!

SeeDundee.com is excited to reveal that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Dundee on January 29 to officially open the V&A design museum.

William and Kate, who are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when they are in Scotland, will meet some of the creative team behind the V&A, and are expected to greet members of the public on their departure.

Kengo Kuma’s masterpiece, inspired by the jaw-droppingly beautiful north-east cliffs of Scotland, sits side by side with Dundee’s historic RRS Discovery, connecting the old with the new and showcasing the city’s recent transformation.

The V&A opened its doors to thousands of enthusiastic locals and tourists alike in September last year. Since then, over 380,000 guests have visited our architectural wonder.

Kate is the first royal patron of the V&A, continuing the museum’s long-standing relationship with the royal family from the London V&A’s founding in 1852.

Scottish Design Galleries

At the cultural centre of the design museum is the Scottish Design Galleries.

The many exhibits in the Scottish Design Galleries at the first dedicated design museum in Scotland (Photo: DCT Media).

Joanna Norman, lead curator of the Scottish Design Galleries and director of the V&A research institute (Photo: DCT Media).

The galleries comprise 300 exhibits from the V&A’s ample collections, as well as from museums and private collections across the world.

Philip Long, director of the V&A, has commented on the royals’ arrival in Dundee today, stating:

We are honoured to be welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to officially open V&A Dundee. This official opening marks the beginning of a very exciting year for V&A Dundee, with upcoming exhibitions on videogames, robots and the future of design.

Mackintosh’s Oak Room

Another outstanding aspect of the museum is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room, conserved and reassembled by meticulous design experts.

Alison Brown, curator of Glasgow Museums, in the V&A Dundee Oak Room (Photo: DCT Media).

The Oak Room is a permanent display in the design museum, representing the accomplishments of Scottish design throughout history.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

The V&A’s inaugural Ocean Liners: Speed and Style exhibition showcases a superb collection of more than 250 objects (think sculptures, furniture, textiles, photography and film) from around the world – all of which reflect the golden era of ocean travel.

A fragment of an overdoor panel from the first-class lounge on the Titanic, featured in the Ocean Liners: Speed and Style exhibition (Photo: DCT Media).

There is only one month to go until this exhibition finishes.

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Best New Public Building

The V&A recently won a Wallpaper* Design Award for the Best New Public Building.

The museum was up against impressive buildings, such as: The Qatar National Library, the Apple Park Visitor Centre in the US, and the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Tawain.

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We have written plenty of articles on the public’s awed response to the V&A, the successes of the design museum, and its many exhibition programmes.

We hope the royals have a marvellous visit tomorrow.

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Stay tuned for our follow-up article on the official opening.

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Claire Merten