Kate attends first solo engagement as a royal

Last night, 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.

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.

Kate Middleton Silver Dress

Kate’s dress:

Kate wore a stunning floor-length light aqua-coloured evening gown, with flowing grecian-style pleated material.  The dress was by Amanda Wakeley and formed part of her 2006 Autumn/Winter collection. There was silver embellishment underneath the bust area and around the straps.  The dress had double straps that crossed over at the collarbone.

We must thank three people for IDing this dress, firstly @MrsRegalEyes on Twitter, the Duchess of Cambridge Style and Leila from What Kate Wore’s Facebook page.

With kind permission of What Kate Wore, we can share the photo of the Wakeley dress in a different colour way, plus a dress from the collection with similar embellishment to Kate’s:

Kate Middleton Amanda Wakeley

It’s also said that Kate re-wore her silver Jimmy Choo shoes and silver/diamond bracelet from the BAFTA engagement she attended in L.A.  Thank you to Anna for informing us that Kate also wore the mystery earrings from Zara Phillip’s engagement party.

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 donar companies to date and over 8,000 charities have joined the In Kind Direct network.

@RegalEyes on Twitter informs us that 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!


  8. Her dress looks old. She could have done much better than that.


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