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Kate Middleton wears Jenny Packham gown to ARK Charity Gala

On 9th June 2011, Kate Middleton and Prince William attended the ARK Gala as guests of honour.

Kate Middleton at the Ark Gala wearing L.K. Bennett Agata shoes

The Ark Gala was William and Kate’s first official Royal engagement as a married couple.

About the Ark Gala:

Ark is an international charity that transforms children’s lives.  Tickets cost £10,000 and the gala is held in an elaborate marquee on Perks’ Fields behind Kensington Palace.  The annual gala dinner raised over £160 million for the Ark charity since 2002.

It’s certain to say that Kate stunned the crowds.  She wore a blush pink dress by Jenny Packham.

Kate Middleton wearing the L.K. Bennett Agata sandals (with bow) at the Ark Gala in 2011

Here’s a look at the shimmering pink dress from Jenny Packham’s website:

Kate Middleton Pink Dress From The Ark Gala

On her Facebook page, Jenny Packham said:

“The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Annual Ark Charity Gala tonight wearing an ethereal gown by Jenny Packham. The Duchess selected the pearlescent rose sequin gown with Swarovski crystal from the SS11 catwalk collection”.

Back in 2011, you could buy the dress from MyTheresa.  It was available for £2,685 (approximately $3,900 USD) in the sale.

Kate's ARK Gala Dress

Here’s how MyTheresa described the gown back in 2011:

“Layered mesh inserts at neckline, shoulders and sleeves. Hidden side zipper with hook-and-bar top closure. Fully lined with mesh spaghetti-strap dress lining.”

Steal Kates style! Attending a gala dinner? Taking style inspiration from Kate? Look like a princess in one of these blush pink Jenny Packham dresses. Click any picture below to shop:

Kate Middleton wearing her L.K. Bennett Agata shoes to the Ark Gala

Kate paired the blush pink dress with a pair of heels from L.K. Bennett.  They’re the “Agata” style in “Pink Rose”.  The shoe features a beautiful bow at the ankle.

L.K. Bennett Agata Rose

A closer look at the sandals.  You can see the L.K. Bennett logo on the sole:

Kate Middleton's L.K. Bennett Agata sandals

Update: June 2016

Love these shoes?  You’ll be pleased to read that L.K. Bennett have released an updated version for summer 2016!  They aren’t identical to Kate’s but they’re very similar.  Perfect if you want to steal the Duchess’s style for an upcoming event.  See them here.

L.K. Bennett Agata heels with bow

Kate carried a coordinating clutch bag in a darker shade of pink.  It’s by Prada.

Kate's Pink Clutch Bag

Finally, Kate wore a pair of earrings from Links of London. They’re from the Effervescence collection.  They’re the Bubble Drop style.  The sterling silver earrings feature Lavender iolite stones.

Links of London Effervescence Bubble Stiletto Earrings

At the time of writing (Jan 2017) the earrings can still be purchased from:

Kate's outfit for ARK Charity Gala 2011

L.K. Bennett Agata sandal in Rose

L.K. Bennett Agata Sandals

Pink suede bow sandals

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  1. The dress is stunning and, even more important, she’s immaculate as always… awww… It would be even better when neater pictures are published! Can’t wait! Any idea about the clutch?

    • There are neater pictures already on Getty but I can’t afford to licence them and I don’t steal them like other people do!

      The clutch *might* be Prada according to someone on Twitter – will check that & report back 🙂

      • just saw the pictures on Getty… she’s breathtakingly beautiful! I’ll have a look for the clutch as well…

  2. Catherine is absolute STUNNING!!! I think I found those shoes on LK Bennett site. I believe they are the “Agata”. Here is a link:

    But of course they are almost all sold out in the pink color. 🙁

    • Thanks, I have the link in the post already don’t I?? I also have one to the shoes in House of Fraser but they have no pink either 🙁

  3. Dana Lee says:

    The Duchess is STUNNING! Perfectly turned out as always. She never disappoints.

    • Yes, stunning is the word! I saw an article in the Daily Mail saying she looks better than all of the other ‘Stars’ at the event – and they’re right, they’re not even comparable!!

      • Dana Lee says:

        I agree! I don’t think anyone even came close to her. She has a naturalness about her – like she doesn’t even have to try!

  4. I thought she looked stunning. It’s one of my favorite dresses that she’s worn thus far.


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