Tonight, Kate carried out her first engagement of 2014. She attended the black tie Portrait Gala joining stars from the world of art and showbiz at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The Duchess was escorted by Sandy Nairne, the director of the National Portrait Gallery to view a display of 200 mystery portrait postcards created anonymously for the gala by a selection of well known artists including Perry, Julian Opie and Alex Katz. The postcards will be sold as part of the fundraising effort.
After the viewing, Kate gave a short speech to guests before dinner.
The Duchess of Cambridge, once again, demonstrated her thriftiness by wearing her petrol silk, floor-length Jenny Packham gown ($5,405) for the second time. She first wore the dress last October to the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala.
Around her neck, Kate wore a priceless diamond necklace on loan from the Queen. The necklace is known as ‘The Nizam of Hyderabad necklace.’ It is still occasionally worn by the Queen today.
The necklace was part of a set gifted to Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding present in 1974 by the very wealthy Nizam. He asked the Queen to choose two pieces from Cartier. She chose a tiara and a necklace based on an English rose.
The tiara was subsequently broken up to create other pieces but the necklace remains intact. It consists of a long chain of 38 diamonds (reduced from the original 46) with a diamond-encrusted snap. The center of the necklace is pave-set with detachable double-drop pendant 13 emerald-cut diamonds and a pear-shaped drop.
Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her diamond earrings thought to be a gift from Prince Charles and her Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps.