On December 19th 2011, Duchess Catherine attended The Sun’s Military Awards, along with Princes William and Harry. The event, which is sometimes known as the “Night of Heroes” or “The Millies”, was held at London’s Imperial War Museum.
A star-studded line up of royalty, politicians and entertainers attended the awards to pay tribute to the courage, sacrifice, achievements and excellence of the UK’s Armed Forces.
David Beckham, Jimmy Carr, Frank Lampard, Christine Bleakley and Gordon Ramsey were just a few celebrities in attendance.
There were nine categories of awards this year, recognising the bravery and professionalism of the men and women working in our Armed Forces around the world, as well as members of the public, who, in various ways, work tirelessly to support our Service personnel.
Kate looked absolutely stunning in a floor length velvet strapless dress, which she paired with some glittering jewels:
Velvet is a huge trend for FW11, and Alexander McQueen’s black strapless gown is a spectacular way to work it into your evening portfolio. Elevate the sheer chiffon skirt with statement sandals and complete the look with swept-up hair and a bright box clutch.
Kate’s dress is further customised with a full velvet skirt and a ruffled bustier.
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Kate accessorised her dress with a little bling. She wore an amazing diamond necklace with pink-red stones (perhaps rubies?) and a matching bracelet. Clarence House confirmed Kate’s jewellery is from her personal collection, given to her as a wedding gift by a friend. The set is by luxury jewellery and timepiece company Mouawad:
Sadly, we cannot locate a picture of Kate’s set, but here’s an example to show some of the company’s exquisite jewellery:
Kate debuted a new pair of shoes to the Sun Military Awards. She wore the Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps in black suede.
The almond-toe pumps feature a 4.7″ heel. The company says the soft black suede shoes “exude modern elegance” and the “perfectly proportioned silhouette will prove endlessly versatile from the board room to dinner dates”.
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Kate’s black velvet clutch bag features an oversized bow. It is by “Pretty Ballerinas“.
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