On the 9th June 2016, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the SportsAid SportsBall:
This year’s event took place in the grounds of Kensington Palace, where Kate lives with her family when in London.
The SportsBall attendees had dinner in the King’s Gallery of the Kensington Palace State Apartments. Emily Andrews, the Royal Correspondent for the Sun newspaper, shared these photos from inside:
The SportsBall is a great opportunity for the SportsAid charity to showcase their work and encourage guests to support the next generation of British Athletes.
The event also raises awareness and funds. You may recall that Kate became Patron of the charity back in 2013.
During a reception held before the dinner, Kate met with SportsAid ambassadors, alumni and young athletes hoping to compete in Rio 2016:
2016 is very special year for the SportsAid charity! They are celebrating their 40th Anniversary.
During 2016, HRH will be supporting SportsAid’s anniversary message with a particular focus on thanking those who have supported the charity’s work so far and inviting others to play their part too.
After dinner, Kate delivered a speech on the important work of the SportsAid charity and the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic games.
Here’s some of Kate’s speech:
The Brilliance of SportsAid is in really understanding just how much athletic competition gives to our country as a whole. By investing in young sporting talent, they ensure that there is a strong pipeline of inspirational heroes. I am immensely proud to be their Patron and I can’t wait to cheer on our team competing in Rio.
You can read the full speech here.
About SportsAid & SportsBall:
SportsAid helps the next generation of British sports stars by giving them financial support and recognition during the critical early stages of their careers. The SportsBall gala raises money for the charity.
Here’s how the designer describes the piece:
The floor-length royal blue Nansen gown’s silhouette with a nipped waistline and svelte contours is paired with Roland Mouret’s unconventional tailoring techniques and playful positioning. An angled neckline sees darts, tucks and overlaid panels creating serrated shapes for an ultra-modern feel. Finished with a glistening gold back zip opening.
The dress is still available to purchase at a number of places, including:
- RolandMouret.com in royal blue - now £1,255
- Saks Fifth Avenue in electric blue - now $2,226
- Net A Porter in black - $2,226
- Neiman Marcus in midnight blue - $2,990
- Harvey Nichols in blue - £2,100
- Harrods in dusky pink - £2,099
Here’s a look at the dress in midnight blue and dusky pink:
Kate’s carrying her black Prada clutch. It’s made from satin and features gold-plated hardware. It costs £940 (around $1,340).
You may recall she carried the bag while in New Delhi too?
Kate debuted a new pair of earrings at the SportsBall. They’re a pair of Cartier hoops in rose, yellow and white gold covered in diamonds. Below, we show the earrings at Beladora.com –
Here’s how they’re described on the Beladora website:
The ultimate in luxury, these large-sized diamond trinity hoop earrings from Cartier are a delicious treat for the uber-fashionista. Three intertwined hoops of pink, yellow and white gold are pavé-set entirely with fine diamonds in the classic Cartier style that pairs the highest quality with the cleanest craftsmanship. Includes manufacturer’s box. The retail price was $56,500.
You may recall that Kate owns a matching necklace, also by Cartier? She first wore the piece in 2012 at a National Portrait Gallery exhibit celebrating the Olympics and Paralympics.
Kate at the SportsBall in 2013:
Kate has attended the SportsBall once before. She attended the 2013 event, where she announced the winner of the charity’s One-to-Watch award.
Watch Kate announcing the award: