Jan 082012

It was an evening filled with glitz, glamour and a focus on the military at the War Horse London premiere. Kate opted for a black lace dress by Temperley.

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The star-studded event was a fundraiser for The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. Following the movie there was a private reception at Buckingham Palace with William, Kate, cast members and other notables, the price of admission to that event was £10,000.

The film is set against the backdrop of World War I, much of it was shot in England.

War Horse

Those on hand for the premiere included producers Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy.

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People magazine’s Simon Perry shared that Mr. Spielberg says he remembers meeting Prince William when he was “very, very small.” The Hollywood heavyweight also added meeting royalty at events like tonight’s never grows old.

The fitted gown showcased black lace with a floral motif atop a nude underskirt, unlined lace sleeves, exaggerated dropped waist detailing and a deep vee neck. It replicates one of the gown’s in Temperley’s Bridal collection, from the Spring 2013 line.

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Many elements may be found in other Temperley frocks, some dating back as far as 2008 or 2009. The most currently Temperley dress showing similarities is this one, the lace pattern is identical, and the elongated keyhole opening on the back bears a resemblance to the back of Kate’s dress.

Kate’s frock is called the Amoret Black Lace Maxi Dress.


The dress was selling in July (2012) on the Temperley website ($4050) as well as the Shopbop site ($2520), but it appears both places may be sold out. Our thanks to Gena, she left a comment (July 2012) us to the availability of the dress. Below, a better look at the details.

Temperley London

Kate accessorized with familiar pieces, a tip of the hat to WKW Facebook friend Alisha who noticed that Kate’s black velvet belt looked familiar, however this belt was not one of them, I mistakenly thought it was.


Many thanks to My Small Obsessions, Dress Like a Lady and others on Facebook, as well as commenters here who have pointed out the distinctions between the two belts. :)

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Also returning, the black velvet bow clutch by Mascaro we saw at the Sun Military Awards.


A reminder for those fond of this bag, the good folks at Mascaro/Pretty Ballerinas tell us this handbag will be reissued in black within a few weeks. (It is currently available elsewhere in purple.)

Also making a reappearance, the stunning diamond drop earrings and bracelet we first saw on the North American tour. No word yet on Kate’s shoes, some think they are either the Jimmy Choo or Prada shoes worn to the Military Awards. We never received confirmation on either pair of shoes, so we’ll hold off for the time being.

The Duchess’s gown showcased three familiar themes:

  • another lace dress
  • another frock from Temperley
  • another dress in black, or with black as the predominant color

While it would be delightful to see Kate in something that wasn’t quite so familiar, tonight’s event was intended to shine a light on military personnel and their families. The Duchess was the picture of grace and elegance while also remaining understated, detracting not at all from the service men and women in attendance. This Temperley dress accented with jewelry and accessories we have previously seen accomplished that objective very well.

Mr. Spielberg speaks to that bigger issue in this story from AFP:

The US director also praised the couple’s “wonderful” gesture to invite soldiers to the event.

“It’s a great honour that they’ve (William and Kate) given up their time and also given up their charity and it’s wonderful because it was their idea to bring the veterans here, so they could share this evening,” he said.


There is more news, word that William, Kate and Prince Harry will be supporting the recently created Forces in Mind Trust. The charity will offer support for military men and women adapting to civilian life after leaving active duty. The Trust was launched with £35 million from the UK’s ‘Big Lottery Fund,’ it will be led by the Confederation of Service Charities. More from the Big Lottery Fund site:

Over the next 20 years, the Forces in Mind Trust will provide UK-wide long-term support and advocacy for Service personnel and Veterans to make a successful transition to civilian life.The focus will be on addressing a range of problems that some ex-service personnel and their families can experience back in civilian life, such as poor mental health, family breakdown and alcohol-related problems.

The new organization will provide help with basic issues facing like housing, job training and employment, personal finances and more.

The other big announcement today, Kate has officially been named Honorary Colonel of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. From the unit’s official page:

Known as The Tigers, the Regiment draws many of its officers and soldiers from Kent, Sussex, Surrey, London, Middlesex, Hampshire as well as the the Isle of Wight. It is also the only infantry regiment that recruits from the Channel Islands.

From the Daily Mail’s story:

It is the most decorated of all British Army regiments, with 57 Victoria Crosses including the VC awarded to Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry in 2004 for his gallantry in Iraq.

Below, members of the Regiment’s First Battalion currently serving in Afghanistan.

PWRR First Battalion Website

The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment has its own benevolent fund, if interested in donating, click here.

For the BBC’s story on the gala, click here. The Showbiz 411 story is here.

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