We're back with news of an engagement in Scotland tomorrow and (finally) kicking off our 'Best of 2018' polls. This year, we're taking a look at Kate's best Day Dresses throughout the year and asking you to choose your favourite. The choices span a variety of styles from Kate's maternity wear to repeats and new looks throughout the autumn/winter.
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First up, it's the Seraphine Florrie Dress Kate wore for a visit to Reach Academy in January. The Duchess debuted the dress back in 2015 when she was expecting Charlotte. It is described as "Made in soft woven fabric, this elegant dress drapes beautifully to finish just above the knee, allowing plenty of movement and a flexible fit for before, during and after pregnancy. Featuring a feminine curved empire line to define your waist".
For the launch of Mentally Healthy Schools, Kate was elegant in a Seraphine royal blue tailored maternity dress. The Duchess sported the versatile A-line piece once again the following month for the Royal Foundation Forum.
It was a green bespoke version of the Catherine Walker Bea dress for a day of engagements with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel in Sweden.
The following day the Duchess selected a metallic wool-blend boucle tweed Alexander McQueen dress. This remains one of my favourite pieces from the tour wardrobe; the cut and fabric are reminiscent of timeless Chanel designs.
Kate looked effortlessly stylish in the Seraphine Marlene dress in Norway. Described as: "The soft woven skirt sweeps elegantly to the knee, creating a flattering A-line silhouette that’s perfect before, during and after pregnancy. The stunning lace bodice is lined in comfortable stretch jersey, while the elegant long sleeves are made in stylish peek-a-boo lace, with subtle bell detailing at the cuffs. Velvet ribbon detailing at the empire waist, cuffs and collar complete the look." Kate wore the piece again in March for a Place2Be engagement.
Kate wore the Seraphine Phaedra dress for engagements in Sunderland.
Kate was radiant in a red Jenny Packham bespoke dress when she and William introduced Prince Louis on the steps of St Mary's. The dress features a white lace peter pan collar.
For an afternoon at the Houghton Hall Horse Trials, Kate wore the very pretty summery ZARA Flocked Print Dress. The sky blue dress features off-the-shoulder short-puff sleeves, floral appliqué details with a velvet effect and embroidered sequins on the front and sleeves.
For Trooping The Colour, Kate selected a bespoke icy blue Alexander McQueen dress. The piece features defined shoulders and a structured silhouette.
Kate was stylish and casual in the Striped Off-The-Shoulder ZARA dress for a day at the polo with George and Charlotte. The $70 piece is described as "Dress with a plunging neckline and open shoulders. Vertical gathering in the front and back. Belt at the waist in the same material. A-line silhouette. Front button-up fastening."
Kate chose bespoke McQueen for Prince Louis' Christening. The dress features a v neck and puff sleeves. It was a very elegant look and an ideal choice for the occasion.
For an afternoon of impressive tennis at Wimbledon, Kate was appropriately attired in a 'tennis ball' print Jenny Packham dress with ruffle detailing.
The following day, the Duchess chose a summery yellow Dolce & Gabbana dress for a day of courtside action.
For the ministerial mental health summit in October, Kate brought back her much loved lavender Emilia Wickstead dress. The piece has a flattering boat neckline and long darts throughout the back and front of the bodice.
For Princess Eugenie's Windsor wedding, Kate chose a vibrant raspberry pink McQueen dress with ruching at the neckline and waist and a paperbag skirt. This was another winner for me, the shade worked particularly well with Kate's colouring.
The Duchess wore the burgundy Whistles Margot dress for a reception in honour of the BBC Teen Hero Awards.
Kate brought back her blue Jenny Packham dress from the 2016 Canada tour to view letters from relatives who died during WW1 at the Imperial War Museum. It's a beautifully crafted, tailored garment with gathered shoulders, a belt, and detailing at the collar and back.
Kate wore the Alessandra Rich Pleated polka-dot silk crepe de chine midi dress for Prince Charles' 70th birthday portraits. The piece is described as: "Alessandra Rich was inspired by Alfred Eisenstaedt's 1945 photograph of a sailor kissing a stranger in Times Square for her Spring '18 collection. Capturing the essence of that iconic moment, this vintage-inspired dress is cut from polka-dot silk crepe de chine that falls to a pleated midi skirt."
The Duchess wore her blue belted Eponine London dress in November for engagements in South Yorkshire. Kate debuted the dress for a visit to the Anna Freud Centre in 2017. From the 2016 Autumn/Winter collection, it's a classic silhouette from a brand that specialises in bespoke womenswear inspired by the silhouettes of the fifties and sixties.
The Duchess wore her teal wool crepe Emilia Wickstead 'Alice' coat-dress for a surprise BBC visit. She debuted the piece in 2014 during the Australia/New Zealand tour.
Finally, the Duchess looked festive in the green polka-dot L.K. Bennett Mortimer dress for a pre-Christmas visit to her new patronage Evelina London. The £325 dress is described as: "Designed in understated green and cream patterned silk, the Mortimer dress is a key style to wear through the season. The fitted waist helps shape an hourglass silhouette, while the pussy-bow detail adds a feminine touch to this button-down design."
Finally, William and Kate will travel to Dundee tomorrow to officially open V&A Dundee and greet members of the public on the waterfront. The Palace said: "The Duchess of Cambridge will make a short speech celebrating the addition of this major new cultural centre for Scotland and the UK, in her role as Patron of V&A." I understand the media were aware of the visit for a week or two, however it was officially embargoed until today. I imagine there might be another event on the itinerary which is being kept under wraps for security reasons.
See you all tomorrow :)