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Kate attends In Kind Direct gala dinner in silver Amanda Wakeley dress

On October 26th 2014, Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge attended her first solo event as a member of the royal family, attending a dinner at Clarence House for the Prince of Wales’ charity In Kind Direct.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets supporters of In Kind Direct.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets supporters of In Kind Direct.

Kate stood in as a last minute replacement for the Prince of Wales, who needed to fly to Saudi Arabia to pay his respects after the death of Crown Prince Sultan.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets supporters of In Kind Direct.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets supporters of In Kind Direct.

Kate’s dress:

Kate wore a stunning floor-length light aqua-coloured evening gown, with flowing grecian-style pleated material:

Kate looked stunning in an Amanda Wakeley dress

Kate looked stunning in an Amanda Wakeley dress

The dress was by Amanda Wakeley and formed part of the designer’s 2006 Autumn/Winter collection.  As you can see, there is silver embellishment underneath the bust area and around the straps.  The dress had double straps that crossed over at the collarbone. With kind permission of What Kate Wore, we share the photo of the Amanda Wakeley dress in a different colour way, plus a dress from the collection with similar embellishment to Kate’s:

Kate Middleton Amanda Wakeley

Kate Middleton wears Amanda Wakeley via What Kate Wore

Kate accessorised the dress with her Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals in a “silver glitter finish.”  Today, the company no longer sell this colour – however, they do stock the Vamps in a silver-gold colour called “Champagne.”

Kate Middleton Jimmy Choo Vamp

Kate wearing the Jimmy Choo Vamp (different event pictured)

Jimmy Choo Vamp shoe is a staple piece in their collection.  Here are just some of the colour ways currently on offer from Jimmy Choo:

The Duchess also wore her mystery diamond bracelet and earring set, previously worn to the BAFTA engagement attended during North America tour.

Kate's mystery diamond bracelet earring set.

Diamond bracelet earring set.

About In Kind Direct:IN Kind Direct - Prince Charles

In Kind Direct help UK charities working abroad by redistributing surplus goods from manufacturers and retailers.  The charity makes it easy for companies to donate their products to those in need, thereby avoiding waste and landfill.

The charity was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1996.  It has redistributed £114 million in value of goods from over 850 donor companies to date and over 8,000 charities have joined the In Kind Direct network.

The charity redistributes everything from toys, to clothing, sports gear, household goods, nursery and maternity items.

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  1. She looks stunning like a goddess!!

  2. Here is a link to see some photos of the full length of the dress

  3. Gossip websites are posting that Kate is wearing hair extensions apparently the tape is visible in we hairline. So what if she is wearing extensions but in my opinion she doesn’t need them.

    • the Palace confirmed what they called extensions was in fact a 3″-4″ scar from surgery she had as a child.

  4. The dress is Amanda Wakeley from her fall 2006 collection. I love the dress, but it doesnt really fit her in the bust. I heard that this engagement was a last minute thing, so maybe she didnt have time to get the dress fitted. I love her hair here 🙂

  5. Until now, the Alexander McQueen dress was my absolute favorite, but Kate has proven to never fail when it comes to the evening gowns!! This is absolutely stunning and as previously mentioned, effortless. Absolutely amazing.

  6. I love Kate’s simple, elegant, effortless style. It’s such a wonderful change from so many Hollywood stars where all body parts are on display!

  7. somefashionclout says:

    The way I see it Kate is like a classic movie. You should never attempt to remake it. It is reliable. You will never get bored seeing it again and again. Keep up the good work on behalf of us Brits!


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