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Kate chose an ALICE by Temperley piece for today’s celebration at Buckingham Palace honoring Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic medalists.

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Above we show the Duchess chatting with Paralympic Swimmer Stephanie Millward, winner of multiple medals this summer. This has been a triumphant year for Great Britain on the Olympic front, hosting the hugely successful London 2012 Games.

Team GB’s triumph on the medal podium was another enormous accomplishment, bringing home 65 Olympic medals, 29 of them gold, and 120 ParalympicsGB medals, 39 of them gold. More on how the athletes handled those medals this evening from the Mirror:

The athletes arrived at the palace in their official Team GB formal wear of suits, which included a special inside pocket for their medals.

From the looks of things some athletes chose to wear their medals outside the specially designed pockets, something that makes perfect sense to this observer.

A better view at the embellishment on Kate’s dress.

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It looks like this is a modified version of the ALICE by Temperley Esmeralda dress.

ALICE by Temperley Esmeralda

While the dress above has a number of different design elements, it is all one color, keeping it out of the “too busy” category.  The various horizontal lines that are defined, belled sleeves and tiered skirt are a few of these elements.

On the other hand, Kate’s frock features multiple colors and materials in addition to those design features, creating the impression there is an awful lot going on with the garment. Part of the squared neckline is sheer, as are the sleeves and the lower tier of the skirt. There is a bow at the front waist in another fabric that looks to be a black satin. The exquisite floral work on the sleeves and top is done in ivory bordered by gold, the gold a lovely nod to the medalists on hand.  On the embellished portion of the skirt it looks like a third color has been added, a dusky rose or soft pink. (Unless I am completely blind and the the colors are a soft silver, gold and bronze, Kate has proven to be more-than-adept at adding subtle elements to pieces she wears that are a discreet nod to her surroundings or event.) One’s eye encounters a bit of busyness with this dress.

Kate kept accessories simple, wearing her black suede Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps.

Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pump

She also wore the elegant diamond bracelet we have seen on several occasions, and carried the unidentified black suede clutch.

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Many will recall Kate in her role as an official Ambassador, she attended multiple Olympic and Paralympic events this summer.

London 2012 / PA Wire

William and Harry were also Olympic Ambassadors, the Duke of Cambridge joined his wife for many events and also attended several with Prince Harry, before heading back to work in Anglesey.

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Charles and Camilla were expected to attend the reception, but were forced to cancel because of bad weather, they needed to be on time for another function this evening, the gala premiere of the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. Below we see Her Majesty greeting guests.

Team GB

Tonight’s party saw the return of the Tweet Suite at Buckingham Palace.

British Monarchy Twitter

Several athletes took the opportunity to share their thoughts, including boxer Anthony Ogogo, a Bronze medalist.

Anthony Ogogo Twitter

Paralympic Gold Medal cyclist Sarah Storey also tweeted about the reception.

Sarah Storey Twitter

There will be another Olympic function at the Palace next spring, a garden party honoring volunteers, athletes and others who worked to make the Games such a success.

It looked like a wonderful party, Kate seemed to thoroughly enjoy herself. She clearly embraces her role, smiling as she spent time speaking with the women’s Team GB Hockey Team, visiting with other royals, chatting with Prime Minister David Cameron. As we have noted previously, my thoughts on what Kate wears matter not one whit, the only vote that counts is Kate’s, she was clearly in her element this evening, making the look a resounding success.


A few other tidbits we want to share, beginning with news about Pippa Middleton’s book, “Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends.”

Penguin Books

The book goes on sale this Thursday, but it doesn’t appear Kate will be at the official launch event Thursday night.  More from CNN’s Max Foster via his Twitter feed:

Max Foster CNN Twitter

You can learn more about the book at Amazon, or our friend Carly’s Pippa Middleton blog, or by visiting the Facebook page set up for the book.


Our final morsel today is one we’re very excited to share, something we learned about yesterday.

TIME Twitter Feed

It turns out Time magazine selected What Kate Wore as one of its Best Blogs of 2012. Eek!

Time Magazine

Our thanks to Harry McCracken for including us, you can see the List here, it makes for wonderful reading, regardless of WKW’s inclusion. We will be re-reading it once someone scrapes us off the floor! :)