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Kate wears black Alexander McQueen dress to British Embassy reception in Paris

On the 17th March 201, William and Kate attended a reception at the British Embassy in Paris, France.

The couple visited the city for two days at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  You can read all of our Paris coverage here.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with President Hollande in Paris

The event was a welcome celebration called “Les Voisins” (“The Neighbours” in English).

Prince William and Kate Middleton in Paris

It was held to champion the cultural ties between the UK and France.

Kate Middleton in Paris wearing Alexander McQueen

Prince William gave a short speech during the reception, remarking that “it is a pleasure for Catherine and me to be here this evening, in this beautiful, elegant, and global city”.

Prince William gives a speech in Paris

Kate’s outfit:

For the reception, Kate wore a black calf-skimming dress by Alexander McQueen. The dress featured a v-neckline, thick straps and a slim bodice that opened out into a fluted skirt.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception to mark the launch of "Les Voisins" hosted by the British Ambassador at the British Embassy, Paris, France, on the 17th March 2017. Picture by James Whatling

It appears to be a bespoke piece, made especially for the Duchess, though it does share some similarities with this dress from the designer’s current season collection:

Black Alexander McQueen Dress

Kate accessorised her dress with a black leather belt that features a bow.

Kate Middleton leather bow belt

Unfortunately, we do not have an “ID” for the piece at this time.

Kate chose her Balenciaga pearl clip-on earrings for the occasion.  It’s worth noting that Balenciaga originated Spain but now the company is headquartered in Paris.

Kate Middleton wearing her Balenciaga earring

They’re also owned by a French parent company.   Kate first debuted the earrings at the Trooping of the Colour parade in London in June 2016.  She’s worn them on a number of occasions since.

Kate Middleton's outfit at Trooping the Colour 2016

The earrings were made from silver-tone palladium and they’re made with simulated pearls and glass “diamonds”.  They did retail for $795, though they’re now totally sold out.  NOTE:  You can find a number of copies at all different price points on this page.

It appears that Kate wore a matching ring too.  You can just about make out the matching “diamond” detailing around the silver setting below:

Kate Middleton's ring in Paris

Plus, she wore a coordinating statement necklace with four large pearls suspended from silver chains.  You might notice the necklace doesn’t have the same “diamond” detailing around the pearls.

Kate Middleton's necklace in Paris

My friend Anna pointed out that the necklace appears similar in design to the mystery brooch Kate wore to Trooping the Colour in June 2014.

Kate Middleton's brooch at Trooping the Colour in 2014

The necklace and ring (and brooch!) remain a mystery at the moment.  Initially, I assumed they were all by Balenciaga, to match the earrings, but I cannot find any photos online to confirm this.

For the reception, Kate debuted a new pair of Gianvito Rossi pumps.  They’re the 45 d’Orsay style in black suede. They feature a block heel, a pointed toe and an ankle strap.

GIANVITO ROSSI "54" Suede Mary Jane Pumps

If you’d like to copy Kate’s style and buy the pumps, you’ll be pleased to know they’re available at Barneys New York and Spring for $775.  (That’s around £625 GBP).

Finally, Kate wore her silver stainless steel watch by the French company, Cartier.  It’s the 33mm Ballon Bleu style.   Kate regularly wears the watch.  You can read more details about the watch on this page.

Kate Middleton's Cartier watch

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