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Kate wears royal blue Jenny Packham dress for glittering gala dinner

This evening, William and Kate rubbed shoulders with Bollywood royalty at a glittering reception and dinner, held to celebrate Mumbai’s film and creative industries.

The Taj Palace Hotel and hosted the reception in their Crystal dining room, where William and Kate later tucked into a “Maharaja’s thali supper”.  Yum!

The British High Commission and the British Asian Trust organised the evening event, hand-selecting tonight’s guest list.  In lieu of buying a ticket (as is usual for these kinds of events), each guest was encouraged to donate local charities via the British Asian Trust.  It’s hoped the gala dinner will raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

William and Kate with Indian superstars at tonight's gala

It’s also worth adding that Prince Charles spearheaded the British Asian Trust back in 2007.  After having the initial idea, he encouraged 20 British Asian business leaders to form the group.  While Prince Charles founded the group, it is run by the community.  The charity helps disadvantaged people in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UK.

At tonight’s gala dinner, William and Kate met with a whole host of famous Bollywood stars, sports personalities and business figures.  In total, over 200 of India’s biggest stars attended the gala including Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) who’s stared in over 80 films; former Miss World Aishwarya Rai, now a leading lady in Bollywood and one of the highest paid actresses in India and former Sri Lankan TV news reporter Jacqueline Fernandez.  Fernandez won Miss Universe Sri Lanka before going on to star in one of India’s highest grossing films of all time, “Kick”.

After eating, the guests were entertained by Bollywood dancing, which featured plenty of eye-catching outfits:

Towards the end of the evening, William delivered a speech.  He revealed that Kate has wanted to visit the country for a long time:

Kate’s outfit:

Kate looked absolutely stunning, dressed head-to-toe in Jenny Packham.  The British designer created the dress and long sleeved cape for Kate here in the UK, but Indian artisans completed the intricate beadwork ahead of the tour.

Kate Middleton wears a blue Jenny Packham gown

I do not have any specific details about the dress yet – but I’ll update when they’re known.  I will share the following tidbit though –

Kate carried a coordinating clutch bag to the gala dinner, likely to be a matching piece created by Jenny Packham.  She created a custom bag for Kate before, to match with the beautiful teal Aspen dress back in 2012.

Kate Middleon wears a teal Jenny Packham dress

Luckily, Kate wore her hair up this evening, which helped showcase her coordinating earrings by Indian jeweller Amrapali.  We’ve not managed to find the exact pair online, but these are pretty close:


Kate debuted a new pair of sandals this evening too.  They have a rather unique feature:  wavy straps!  It’s thought that they’re by Prada though the jury is out on whether she’s wearing the designer label’s D’Orsay sandal in black suede or this similar style in navy blue suede.

We think Kate Middleton wears Prada sandals with wavy straps

That’ll have to do for now folks.  I’ve been live tweeting, live blogging and writing since about 6am.  It’s now 11pm!  Good night!

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  1. Sophia Pitt says:

    I love the Blue evening gown, the color is stunning. I think the overall look is beautiful, from the cape,
    the Duchess hair, her sedate makeup, earrings, evening bag the whole package.

  2. I loved her afternoon summer dress by Anita Dongre. I was there, watching her both at Oval Maidan and at Banganga (she even waved directly at me and looked into my camera – I have a vid of it, check it out on my blog). Her hair had gone ever so slightly frizzy, creating slight natural waves (the kind she has when she doesn’t set her hair) and I loved the look. She looked every bit the hippy tourist in India, except for those cream wedges. I know it’s not royal, but the look would have been complete with some pink strappy sandals. (I don’t think that would have pleased the firm, though). However, I hated this blue evening ensemble by Jenny Packham. It doesn’t flatter her slender frame, and the design is tacky. It looks like something you can get at the crowded and slummy Bhuleshwar market in Mumbai, for about 60 pounds. Although, to be fair, it does pay tribute to the modern Indian culture of wearing tackily beaded glittering ensembles that ape Bollywood trends, instead of the really sophisticated hand-work of earlier times that is part of our culture and heritage. (I’m Indian, so I can say this.) I’m looking forward to her Kaziranga and Bhutan trip. I think they’ll enjoy it more than the city engagements, and their style will be more relaxed too. Great work on this website – I check in often! Love, a Kate admirer from India.

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