Kate Dazzles in Jenny Packham at State Reception in Wellington

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Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honor at a  lavish State Reception at Government House in Wellington.

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The reception was hosted by Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, who is the Queen’s representative in New Zealand

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The royal couple attended a dinner and then William addressed the attendees with a short speech before unveiling a portrait of his grandmother by a New Zealand artist.

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In September 2012 the New Zealand Portrait Gallery commissioned a portrait of the Queen for their permanent collection to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

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The Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to her hosts tonight in a dazzling black, crepe dress, embroidered with silver crystal ferns, the national emblem of New Zealand.

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It was a bespoke, knee-length, long sleeved Jenny Packham dress which had been hand-stitched with silver beading to represent the fern.

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The Queen has long employed the trick of incorporating an item of national importance in her outfits when on foreign tours – and it seems Kate has taken a leaf out of her book.

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Completing her outfit, Kate wore her black, suede Jimmy Choo Cosmic heels, her diamond bracelet, matching diamond earrings, and held a small black clutch.

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