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Kate attends Wildlife Photographer of The Year awards ceremony

On 21st October 2014, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards at the Natural History Museum.

Duchess of Cambridge with overall winner Michael Nichols

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is billed as the world’s most prestigious nature photography event.  The annual competition is open to all ages, and there are categories for both amateur and professional photographers.  This year’s competition is very special, as it’s the 50th anniversary.

Here is a picture of Kate presenting the award to young winner, 9-year-old Carlos Naval:

Duchess of Cambridge with young winner Carlos Naval

During the awards ceremony, Kate met the finalists of the Wildlife of the Year competition, and viewed the photography exhibition within the museum.  You can also visit the museum and view the exhibition, and see the winning photographs.  The exhibition will run from 24 October 2014 – 30 August 2015.  Click here for more details.

Kate presented awards to the overall winners with Sir David Attenborough, wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin and renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting.

Duchess of Cambridge, Sir Michael Dixon and Sir David Attenborough

As you’ll recall, Kate is Patron to the Natural History Museum, and she’s attended a number of engagements at the London-based building previously.

The awards ceremony was Kate’s second engagement of the day. Earlier, the Duchess met the Singaporean President and formally welcomed him to the UK on behalf of The Queen. You can read more about that event by clicking here.

Kate’s outfit:

Kate looked stunning in a baby blue dress, worn with light pink accessories.

Kate’s pastel blue dress is by Jenny Packham, who described the colour as “pale jade” in an Instagram post shared during the evening. Packham also confirms the dress is a bespoke piece.

The ever-wonderful Susan from What Kate Wore found a couple of comparisons from the designer’s forthcoming spring 2015 collection and her current Cruise 2014 collection.   You’ll notice Kate’s dress shares similar elements to the dresses below:

Kate's baby blue Jenny Packham gown shared many similar elements to these dresses by the same designer.

The Jenny Packham sequinned evening gown (left) currently retails for £ 2,965 at

Kate’s new pink clutch bag is by another one of her go-to designers, Alexander McQueen.

Kate’s clutch appears to be based on Alexander McQueen’s pink python clutch, but with a new, bespoke clasp.  (As regular Kate followers will know, the Duchess opts for bespoke clasps on all of her Alexander McQueen clutch bags – I suppose you could say the skull clasps aren’t very regal!)  This bag was part of a past collection and was available at for £1450.

Alexander McQueen Pink Python Clutch Bag

We saw a return of Kate’s L.K. Bennett Agata bow sandals, last worn publicly by Kate to the ARK Charity Gala in 2011.

Kate wears L.K. Bennett Agara

Kate also paired the shoes with a Jenny Packham dress back in 2011.

UPDATE JULY 2016:  L.K. Bennett no longer stock the original Agata shoe in pink suede.  However, they have recently re-released an updated version for the current season.  Take a look at it here:

L.K. Bennett Agata heels with bow

Next, onto Kate’s jewellery. The Duchess wore a new necklace and earring set by designer Monica Vinader. The company tweeted confirmation during the evening:

Both pieces are from the Riva collection.   The necklace was available exclusively to Harrods, but the designer has now made it available on her site too. It costs £2,000.  The matching earrings cost £745.

Monica Vinader Riva Necklace & Earrings

Both pieces are part of Monica Vinader’s signature “Riva” collection and are made from rose gold-plated stirling silver and pavé set diamonds. Monica Vinader offers free delivery in the UK & USA.

Kate's outfit for WPY2014

L.K. Bennett Agata sandal in Rose

L.K. Bennett Agata Sandals

Pink suede bow sandals

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  1. Kate is amazing all the time .
    She will be like the great Catherine of Russia , lovely ,strong ,
    determined to achieve her objectives.

    The god be a supporter to you ,


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