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Kate wears Alexander McQueen to Buckingham Palace Olympics/Paralympics reception

On Tuesday the 18th October, 2016, the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) attended a reception at Buckingham Palace along with the Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Prince William and Prince Harry.

The reception honoured the athletes from the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic games. A number of medal winners from Team GB and ParalympicsGB attended.

Kate’s outfit:

Kate chose a poppy printed dress by Alexander McQueen. It’s another bespoke piece for the Duchess.

Kate Middleton wearing the Alexander McQueen Poppy Print Dress at Buckingham Palace

The dress shares a number of similarities with pieces in Alexander McQueen’s pre-SS17 collection, including this shirt:

Alexander McQueen Poppy Print Shirt

Both are made from ivory silk fabric, feature a red poppy print motif, have long sleeves with cuffs and printed buttons. Kate’s dress also featured an ankle length flared skirt and a crossover front.

As Kate’s dress is bespoke, it is not available for purchase. Alexander McQueen might release it in the future, as they have done with other items worn by Kate.

The designer label is stocked at Saks Fifth Avenue too, where you’ll find a similar dress available for preorder too ($3075 USD / £2658 GBP)It’s the ‘Silk open-back midi dress’. It features the same poppy print and flared skirt. However, that’s where the similaritie.  s end. The dress at Saks comes with a back ruffled trim and high “mock” neck.

Alexander McQueen poppy print dress

Kate’s suede Gianvito Rossi “Gianvito” pumps made a come back for the occasion.

Gianvito Rossi Dark Red

It was nice to see Kate carry her red suede Miu Miu clutch bag for a second time. She first carried it last month, on day two the Royal Visit to Canada. The bag is adorned with a little red bow.

Miu Miu bow bag in red

The bag originally retailed for £640 GBP / $895 USD at, but it is now sold out. You can still buy the bag in different colours from the following places:

Kate finished the outfit with her Baroque pearl earrings by Soru Jewellery.

Soru Baroque pearl earrings

The handcrafted earrings feature baroque pearls edged with multi faceted Swarovski crystals. They’re set in 18ct gold vermeil on Sterling silver. They cost £130 GBP (which is around $160 USD at today’s exchange rates).

Kate's outfit for Buckingham Palace Reception for Rio 2016 Athletes

Alexander McQueen Poppy Print Dress

Red & ivory poppy print dress

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Miu Miu bow bag in red

Miu Miu Bow Bag

Red suede bag with bow detailing

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Soru Baroque pearl earrings

Soru Jewellery Baroque Pearl Earrings

Pearl & Swarovski crystal earrings

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