Wills & Kate Step in for The Queen and Attend the Royal Variety Performance

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Last night, William and Kate attended the star-studded Royal Variety Performance in London.

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It was the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have represented the Queen at the annual event. Last year the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in the royal box.

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The event is held in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, of which the Queen is patron. The show will be screened on ITV in December.

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The royal couple arrived at the Palladium Theatre and were greeted by Lord Lloyd-Webber, the theatre’s owner, and Lady Lloyd-Webber ahead of the performance. The Duchess was introduced to Laurie Mansfield, EABF life president, and the charity’s chairman Giles Cooper.

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They also briefly met some of the performers before going into the auditorium, including boy band One Direction.

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This year’s show, was hosted by the comedian Michael McIntyre, with performances by Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Ellie Goulding, Dame Shirley Bassey and Bette Midler.

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Kate sparkled in a floor-length, black lace dress by US designer Diane von Furstenberg ($900). The ‘Zarita’ lace gown features a fitted bodice, fluted hem and delicate lace sleeves. As of this writing, the dress is still available in size 2 at Net-a-Porter.
 
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‘This season Diane von Furstenberg translates the universally flattering ‘Zarita’ dress into a stunning lace gown.
Fitted through the bodice, waist and thigh, this piece opens to a sweeping fluted hem.
 
Black lace
Concealed hook and zip fastening at back
70% rayon, 30% nylon; lining1: 97% polyester, 3% spandex; lining2: 100% polyester
Dry clean’
 
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The Duchess complemented her gorgeous gown by accessorizing with a black beaded clutch (still UFO), her Kiki McDonough Blue Topaz ‘Lola’ Hoops (£3,200), and her black, suede Jimmy Choo ‘Cosmic’ platform pumps.

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She had her brunette locks pinned back into an elegant low chignon.

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 Update 11/27/2014

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Thanks to a follower on WKW, Kate’s elusive black beaded clutch has been ID’ed! It is by Magid and seems to be a vintage piece.

Kate Recycles Whistles to London Olympics Closing Ceremony

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics with Prince Harry. William had to get back to work as a search and rescue pilot

Kate and Harry seemed to be having a great time as they danced the night away to the likes of the Spice Girls and George Michael.
She recycled a pretty blue, black, and white print dress from UK High Street store Whistles. It’s the silk ‘Bella’ dress (£150) which Kate wore a few weeks back during the Queen’s Jubilee Concert.
The last time Kate wore the dress she had an Alexander McQueen blazer over the top but this time she left the jacket at home and instead added a slim black belt.
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Completing her look, The Duchess carried her black Anya Hindmarch ‘Maud’ Clutch and wore her Kiki McDonough Blue Topaz and Diamond Earrings.

Kate Makes a Solo Appearance at the Royal Academy of Arts Reception

Last night Kate made a solo appearance at the arts institution in central London for a reception celebrating the best of British music, film, art and entertainment. The event was hosted by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP.

She walked the red carpet and was greeted by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore an elegant dove grey dress by Serbian born designer Roksanda Ilincic.

We first saw this outfit, which has an unusual slashed neckline, when she arrived in LA last year on her inaugural royal tour.

Roksanda Ilincic still has the dress available but you won’t find it at their boutiques. You need to contact them via email. They are selling it in the US for $1300.

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However the dress is still available at stores in a peridot color. This is described as a petrol blue wool crepe.

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The Duchess completed her outfit with a pair of light taupe LK Bennett ‘Harper’ suede heels (£195), tan tights, a sparkly white and gold clutch (yet to be ID’d), and hooped Kiki McDonough blue topaz circle earrings.

Additional information on Kate’s ‘Harper’ heels:
Closed court
110mm heel
Modern silhouette
Concealed platform
Material: Suede

Kate wore her hair up in an elegant side-chignon, showing off her beautiful earrings.