Kate reprised another frock from the royal walk-in for tonight’s reception at the Royal Academy.
She brought back the Roksanda Ilincic ‘Peridot’ dress, above we see the Duchess being welcomed to the Academy by its President, Christopher Le Brun.
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A number of celebrities were in attendance this evening, including Stella McCartney, supermodel Lily Cole, designer Vivienne Westwood, and rock star Roger Daltrey. Below, the Duchess with Ms. McCartney.
Below we see the Duchess and Mr. Le Brun from another angle, Prime Minister David Cameron is on the far right.
CNN’s David Wilkinson shared this photo of Kate chatting with guests, you can see the back of the frock.
These product images better show the waist detailing front and back.
For those who may not remember last summer’s North American Tour, Kate initially wore the dress for her arrival in Los Angeles last July. Another look at it front and back, with thanks to Rebecca English of the Daily Mail for graciously sharing these via Twitter.
Here is how the dress was described when originally available for purchase:
Light blue grey. Draped neck to one side. Cap sleeves. Pleats down from drape neck to waist band. Pleated skirt. White tulle neckline and cuff trim. Centre back pleats. Small pleated panels from back waist band. Exposed centre back zip. Beige grosgrain front tie.
These images give you a better look at the detailing on the dress, the tulle at the neckline. and a tighter shot of Kate’s beaded bag. The clutch remains a UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object.)
We previously saw Kate carry the bag with the Roland Mouret ‘Lombard’ gown, the event was a private dinner at Claridge’s.
Kate wore the Harper in taupe suede, it comes in a variety of colors. The shoe has a hidden platform, a 110 mm heel (about 4.5″), and a rounded toe; it is currently selling for £195, roughly $275 USD at today’s exchange rates.
The Duchess wore her hair in an updo, adding a touch of elegance to the ensemble.
Those photos also nicely show the custom Kiki McDonough blue topaz and diamond earrings we have seen Kate wearing on several occasions.
The Duchess flew solo for this event. Following this morning’s Equestrian events, Kate went to get ready for this evening’s function while William and Harry went on to watch Team GB compete in Gymnastics, Royal Forum Moron shared this image of the pair watching the competition.
More on the young royals’ efforts during this high-profile time from the Daily Mail:
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt added: ‘I was just watching the men’s gymnastics in front of Prince Harry and Prince William so I’ve gone from the Duke to the Duchess.
‘What the royal family are brilliant at doing is showing we have the traditions but also we embrace the future.
We’ll see you again tomorrow when Kate, William, and Harry return to Greenwich for the third, and final day of Equestrian competition. The trio is also slated to visit Team GB House at some point tomorrow. We’ll leave you with this photo of the Duchess leaving the reception.