Last night, Kate met some of Britain’s most promising Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls at the SportsAid fundraising dinner in London.
The glittering ball, sponsored by Tiffany & Co and Laurent-Perrier champagne, was held at swanky pop-up venue Supernova in Embankment Gardens.
The event raised money to help fund Britain’s next generation of elite athletes aiming to emulate the success of Team GB at London 2012.
The Duchess was greeted by a group of athletes at the door before settling down for a three-course meal that included chicken and cranberry Wellington, slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, and a chocolate pudding.
After dinner, Kate presented the One-to-Watch Award for the most impressive up-and-coming young athlete to Amber Hill, 16, who already competes with the senior British shooting team and is ranked fifth in the world.
The Duchess walked down the red carpet in a black, intricate laser-cut design cocktail dress with a nude under slip. The ‘Templeton’ dress is by Temperley London and from the designers 2012 autumn/winter collection. It retailed for £995 and was then marked down to £398. It sold out within minutes.
The knee length frock was inspired by Renaissance stained glass and featured three quarter length sleeves and a black bodice with nipped in waist.
The Duchess appeared to have had her hair darkened and trimmed in preparation for the event as well as an inch or so cut from the length.