Kate and William attended a reception launching the Imperial War Museum’s efforts to raise £35m to revamp the museum for the 2014 centenary of the First World War, below Kate and William speak with guests.
And doing the same here, our thanks to CNN’s David Wilkinson for tweeting photos from the reception.
The dress is Amanda Wakeley’s Sculpted Felt Seamed dress, it came in three colors when originally released, from left to right we see Oatmeal, Black and Gunmetal.
The garment is a knee length fitted dress with 3/4 length sleeves and a slash neck. Features seam detailing, originally the dress sold for £450, approximately $725 at today’s exchange rates. Kate purchased the frocks at the Amanda Wakeley Store on London’s Fulham Road.
WKW Facebook friends Serena Irene and Duchess of Cambridge News pointed out it was the identical dress worn to Royal Marsden just about the same time that Kags 7, Petite Princess, and Mrs. Regal Eyes noted this fact on Twitter. Kate wore the dress in Oatmeal when visiting Royal Marsden last September for the opening of the Oak Centre for Children & Young People, more on that here.
And it was WKW Facebook friend Kimberly Berna Slack who reminded us that she wore the gunmetal dress in November to the Princes’ Charities Forum, seen on the far right below, under the Zara Zippered Jacket.
The belt is by Alexander McQueen, originally priced at $2225 when sold at Net a Porter, it is from last fall’s collection:
Give your fall wardrobe a hit of dramatic structure with Alexander McQueen’s chain-embellished bridle leather belt. Channel the discipline and drama of the season’s runway show and wear it to cinch a structured military look.
However, Kate didn’t wear the broad leather corset/girdle part of this, merely the belt and chain portion, that is better shown in this photo.
The earrings were a pair we have seen before, the Temple of Heaven Girandole pair in 9KT yellow gold. I believe the earrings may still be ordered through the Cassandra Goad website.
Kate wore her towering Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps, still available online for $695.
The ensemble was completed with Kate’s trusty Anya Hindmarch silk Maud clutch.
Good news for those fond of this bag, the Bespoke Maud in Ink Black is again available for ordering, it runs £450.
The Duchess also changed her hairstyle a bit, wearing it partially up for tonight’s event, a nice change.
2014-2018 marks the centenary of the First World War, a landmark anniversary for Britain and the world. Working in collaboration with our peers and colleagues from national and international organisations, IWM will mark the centenary by leading a vibrant four-year programme of cultural activities across the UK.
This is one of the few museums in London we have not visited, it is definitely on our list for the next trip, it is supposed to be remarkable. The Museum actually has several branches and locations, including the basement/underground Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, the HMS Belfast on the Thames, and the Duxford airfield.
William is a patron of the fundraising efforts, he spoke at today’s event. The Mirror has more:
“… (he) told the guests: “Every exhibit, every display, every tank, aircraft and medal in its case, speaks to us of sacrifice, of the facing down of evil, of freedom bought and preserved – for us – at unimaginable cost in human lives and suffering.
“It’s a message of reflection and remembrance, but it is also one of pride. In the course of the 20th century our nation, with our stalwart friends and allies from the Commonwealth and elsewhere, safeguarded the freedom of the world. It is as simple as that.
“The Imperial War Museum is here to remind us of this unassailable truth.”