Duchess Kate looked breathtakingly beautiful as she stood in her for her father in law at a charity dinner for InKind Direct last night, performing her first solo engagement Kate exuded class and appeared completely at ease. The Duchess met with thirty guests after Prince Charles was called way on a trip to Riyadh to present condolences to the Saudi Royal family following the death of their crown prince. St James's Palace said
"The Duchess of Cambridge was delighted to be able to step in for her father in law, The Prince of Wales, who has shown her so much support over the years".
Kate appeared to be carrying a glass of water instead of champagne. This will fuel the pregnancy rumours but I assume she wanted to represent the royal family with a completely clear head.
Kate is only 29 and I'm thrilled to see her dressing for a young woman. The Duchess generally covers up her arms and for me this is a big fashion moment for her.....Beautiful!
Kate wore her beautiful Jimmy Choos Ubai shoe which matched embellishment on her dress perfectly. Kate previously wore these shoes to the BAFTA reception.
Kate's shoes and dress sparkled last night and her jewellery played an important part in completing the look. Kate wore a beautiful diamond flower cluster art deco bracelet she wore to the BAFTA reception and stunning diamond cluster drop earrings (With thanks to Jenny from WKW) she wore to Zara Philips wedding. It is reported these pieces were given to Kate around the time of the wedding. Possibly a gift from William or family pieces given to Kate for royal engagements?
More information on Kate's jewellery Here.
Duchess Kate's hair was worn in a demi chignon last night, She favours this look having wore it many times before. It shows off her bone structure while still giving her the length at the back. The Daily Mail reported Kate was wearing hair extensions. Vicky Demetriou from salon Daniel Hersheson said
"Kate Middleton's hair looks really natural and to achieve this look most people would need to use temporary, virtually invisible, strip hair extensions".
This is completely false, The Palace confirmed it was a scar from surgery Kate had as a child. I'm not surprised to hear the story is false as Kate has always had beautiful, long hair.
InKind direct was founded by Prince Charles to encourage companies to donate surplus goods to charities, either for use by them or for their charitable work. The charity's chief executive Robin Boles was delighted with Kate and couldn't praise her enough. And if we didn't love Kate enough already she called her mom Carole, to ask her to donate any surplus products to the charity.
"You would never know it was her first solo engagement. It was as if she had been trained by the Prince of Wales. She was completely natural, professional and charmed everyone. She spoke to every single guest and was genuinely interested, and interested in continuing to help. She said she had already called her mum to tell her about us in case Party Pieces had surplus products".
The Duchess of Cambridge clearly did herself and the royal family proud appearing completing at ease with the guests. This is exactly what I wanted to see for Kate, She is coming into her own. I had thought it would be a tad longer before we would see her complete her first solo engagement. Kate is definitely the perfect royal. Kate also stepped into the role with very little notice proving how reliable and adaptable she is. Her style is evolving and without a doubt this is one of her most beautiful looks.
Sources (Daily Mail, Mirror, What Kate Wore Facebook,)