Kate brought back a much-loved gown for tonight’s Taste of Norfolk, a gala dinner in support of EACH.
Kate and William being welcomed by Rose and David Cholmondeley, the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley, they hosted tonight’s event.
Kate has been patron of East Anglian Children’s Hospices since January, 2012. More about the charity from The Daily Mail:
The organisation currently offers care and support to more than 700 children, young people and family members. More than half of EACH’s care and support is delivered in the family home and community, in familiar and comfortable surroundings. The organisation also operates through three hospices based in Cambridge, Norfolk and Ipswich.
The function was held at Houghton Hall, not far from Anmer Hall, Kate and William’s country home. The evening was hosted by the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley, David and Rose Cholmondeley. It is a stunning setting for any event, especially something like this evening’s dinner. Below, a file photo taken at dusk.
Readers will remember Kate was at Houghton Hall in early June when she took Charlotte and George to the Houghton Hall Horse Trials. More about this evening’s festivities from Richard Palmer’s story for The Express.
With a special five course meal prepared by five Michelin – starred chefs, the Duke of Cambridge knew his luck was in at the dinner at Houghton Hall, three and a half miles from the couple ‘s 10-bexroom country mansion at Anmer Hall on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
“William has to put up with my cooking most of the time,” Kate, 34, told the chefs. “It’s the reason I’m so skinny,” said William.
The evening included a champagne reception, the special dinner, music and and a performance by the EACH Treehouse Choir.
Tonight’s function benefits The Nook Appeal, an EACH effort to raise funds for a new children’s hospice in Norfolk called The Nook.
Fundraising for the new hospice started in November of 2014 (our post on that event is here). The budget for the new hospice is £10 million; thus far EACH has donations and pledges totalling £2.5 million. The new hospice would provide more overnight accommodations, more private family support areas and treatments such as hydrotherapy.
Kate’s gown was first worn to the ARK Dinner in June 2011. Below, Kate at the ARK function and the dress as it appeared on the runway.
The June 2011 dinner was an important engagement: it was the first formal event Kate and William attended after their April wedding, and William delivered the evening’s keynote address. Here is how the dress was described on the Jenny Packham Facebook page in 2011:
“The Duchess selected the pearlescent rose sequin gown with Swarovski crystal from the SS11 catwalk collection”
Below, tight shots from 2011 showing the fabric used for the gown. I had forgotten how beautiful it was, shining and shimmering as it moved, the light reflecting off the crystals and sequins.
One store offering the gown was My Theresa. Below, the retailer’s design notes on the dress:
“Layered mesh inserts at neckline, shoulders and sleeves. Hidden side zipper with hook-and-bar top closure. Fully lined with mesh spaghetti-strap dress lining.”
The Duchess in the dress today and in 2011.
You can see the back of the dress in this photo from Richard Palmer.
A closer look at the bodice this evening and 5 years ago.
Kate carried the same Prada clutch used in 2011.
And she wore the LK Bennett Agata sandals seen at the ARK dinner. Below left you see the shoe as worn in 2011, and below right, the sandal this evening.
LK Bennett has reissued the shoe, although there are distinctions between the two designs. The new style is leather, as opposed to suede; the heel is lower and the bow is wider.
Kate wore the diamond chandelier style earrings loaned to her by the Queen.
We have seen the earrings on multiple occasions, including the China State Dinner in October.
We also saw tonight’s bracelet at the state dinner. It is originally thought to have been a choker-style necklace worn by Queen Mary (seen below) before it was converted to a bracelet.
A somewhat closer view of Kate’s updo .
When asked to list their top 5 choices from the many gowns Kate has worn this dress is on almost everyone’s list. Once again we can see why this is the case: the cut and color, the touches of tulle combined with the lavish embellishment result in an ultra-elegant design that is very flattering on the Duchess.
One more look.
We also have an update to Kate’s Calendar.
- Wednesday, July 6: Kate will present the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year award at a dinner hosted at the Natural History Museum. From a news release: “The Art Fund Museum of the Year prize is awarded annually to one outstanding museum which has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement in the preceding year. The prize of £100,000 is presented each year at an awards dinner attended by some of the UK’s leading figures in the arts and culture sector.”
We’ll see you Friday when we’ll be seeking your input on the jewelry Kate wore in the recent flurry of engagements. In the meantime be sure and vote for your favorite pieces here if you haven’t already done so.
- Learn more EACH at the charity’s website here; follow EACH on its Facebook page here; the organization’s Twitter feed is here
- You can read all about the Nook Appeal here; there is a Nook Appeal Facebook page here; the Nook Twitter feed is here; you can watch a virtual tour of the Nook by clicking here
- Learn more about the Art Fund on its website here; the organization’s Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed here and Instagram feed here
- The Houghton Hall website is here; there is a Facebook page here and Twitter feed here
- Victoria Murphy’s story for The Mirror is here; Richard Palmer’s story for The Express is here; Rebecca English’s Daily Mail’s story is here
- Just Jared’s photo gallery is here; PopSugar’s gallery is here