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Kate In Green McQueen Gown For Awards Appearance

Kate made an unexpected appearance tonight, taking part in the BBC’s annual Sports Personality of the Year awards. (NOTE: I am sorry, but I do not have any licensed photos of the Duchess at this event.) 

It was the Duchess’s first official engagement since being released from the hospital on December 6th, word of her appearance at the event was only released this morning. In this screen shot shared by Paul Harrison of Sky News you can see the Duchess with David Beckham, he also took part in this evening’s show.

Kate presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Lord Sebastian Coe, a four-time Olympic medalist and Chair of the London 2012 games.

It was a full house at tonight’s festivities.

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis also brought home a Gold Medal for Team GB, she was in a deep red gown.

Paralympics swimmer Josef Craig was named Young Sports Personality of the Year, he was the youngest Paralympic gold medalist at the London Games.

12 athletes were in contention for Sports Personality of the Year, tennis ace Andy Murray, cyclist Bradley Wiggins and golfer Rory McIlroy were among those on the short list.

BBC Sports

Click here to see the entire group of twelve. When votes were tallied the winner was Bradley Wiggins.

The runner-up was Ms. Ennis.


More on tonight’s appearance from the Daily Mail:

Her decision to honour the engagement after being forced to cancel her last four public appearances is a sign that the 30-year-old is slowly recovering after spending several days in hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum earlier this month.

Kate’s role as an official ambassador of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams made her the perfect choice to make the presentation. She also attended multiple events with William and Harry.

Kate wasn’t well enough to attend the entire 2-1/2 to 3-hour show. William has returned to Anglesey and is continuing his shifts with the RAF.

Kate chose the Alexander McQueen Bell Sleeve Floor Length Gown, shown below in black. I believe Kate’s dress is the ‘bottle green’ colorway.

Alexander McQueen

The gown is described this way:

Black crepe wool floor length gown with bell-sleeves, deep v-neck, trompe l’oeil belt waistband and sweeping central thigh-high slit.

Kate’s dress originally sold for $4,325, it is now on sale at $1,739.00. Below, the short version of the dress, it better shows the details.

Alexander McQueen

Kate accessorized with her Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps.

Jimmy Choo ‘Cosmic’ Pump in Black Suede

The shoe runs £435, I believe it is becoming an exclusive for Net-a-Porter. Currently it is still available in a few sizes at Jildor, on sale at $347.50. 

For jewelry, Kate wore her Kiki McDonough Blue Topaz earrings.

UK Press Association/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

And brought back her Asprey Button Pendant.


We’ll update you with more photos when they are available.


A few other items that may be of interest, beginning with the Queen’s Christmas Party tomorrow at Buckingham Palace: Kate was originally expected to attend, I imagine that will be contingent upon how she is feeling. Another expected engagement is Christmas Day, The Telegraph has more:

Spending Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham is one of the traditions of marrying into the Royal family, but the Duchess of Cambridge will miss the experience this year.

She is to spend Christmas Day with her family at their house in Berkshire as she copes with her difficult pregnancy. The Duke of Cambridge faces a dilemma over where he will spend the day.

Obviously, speculation on this topic changes almost hourly, if not more often. It is doubtful any decisions will be made until much closer to Christmas Day. Those decisions will be driven by how the Duchess is feeling, with proximity to a hospital also a likely influence on where she spends the day.


Also, LK Bennett is taking email signups for its upcoming collection by Caroline Issa (no relation to the clothing label), the line launches February 19.

LK Bennett

More from the LK Bennett website:

This vibrant, chic capsule collection of shoes and bags, features statement sandals, ankle-strap stilettos, shoe boots, the kitten heel, and a loafer as well as catch-me-if-you can clutches.

Anyone interested in being updated via email about the collection can email with the subject line ‘L.K.Bennett London by Caroline Issa’.


  • the BBC’s story on tonight’s award to Bradley Wiggins, its story on Lord Coe’s award is here
  • the Daily Mail’s story on the evening is here
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Wednesday 31st of May 2017

Love this look in green and full length, so different from the wedding look.


Tuesday 18th of December 2012

I quite like the color on her and if there was ever a body type that could wear all that extra shapely-ness it would be hers. So glad to see that she is back on the mend.


Tuesday 18th of December 2012

Continuing my discussion of my purchases from retailers known to be patronized by the Duchess, I bought the Reid coat from Reiss (see below) in "Amaranth" --a delicious berry shade -- when the coat went on sale the the other day. However, fair warning: it arrived today, and though I'd bought it in "Extra-Small," which was supposed to be the correct size for people who wear US sizes 0-2, it's "relaxed," oversized fit is rather TOO oversized on me.

This is a mystery, since my previous Reiss purchases were absolutely true to size, sleekly fitting. Reiss seems to have altered its sizing standards slightly. I suspect they did it after opening US stores and finding that US customers like a looser, more comfortable fit than Europeans do. I prefer a good sleek fit, but then, I am not the typical US customer.

However, I love the color and styling of the coat, so I am going to pay to have a professional tailoring job done on it. Given that I got it at a major discount, I don't mind paying this extra sum.


Wednesday 19th of December 2012

very, very nice coat Lili, excellent choice. Very elegant and as we say in french "Bon Chic Bon Genre" (BCBG) in the best sens of the word.


Tuesday 18th of December 2012

It is lovely to see her again, I do like the dress. The shade of green is a good colour for a sporting event! A shame her hair is so droopy; I suppose it isn't keeping a curl these days. All the very very best for her ♥


Monday 17th of December 2012

I guess I'm in the minority, but I LOVE this look. But then again, the red Beulah was one of my favorite looks, too. I'm just a sucker for a sleeved gown! The peplum makes it, though. I agree with previous comments that it recalls a 1940s/WWII era esthetic for me. And I think the color is lovely!

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