NOTE: Please accept my apology to those who may have seen a “non-post post” earlier. Yours truly tried to multitask and failed miserably: it was sweet potatoes vs. the blog, the potatoes clearly won yesterday’s round.
The SportsBall recognizes and benefits SportsAid; the Duchess is the organization’s Patron. SportsAid “helps talented young disabled and non-disabled athletes to achieve their ambitions. Since 1976, the charity has distributed more than £50 million to aspiring young athletes throughout the UK…”.
Kate speaking with Tanni Grey-Thompson,an 11-time Paralympic Gold Medalist in wheelchair racing, now trustee of SportsAid. (It is actually Baroness Grey-Thompson, DBE.)
The dress showcased a highly detailed laser cut design.
Our images of the frock are via Lyst.
The dress originally sold at $1385, but had been discounted to $554. More from Lyst:
Inspired by Renaissance stained glass, it is made of a taffeta style fabric and has a plain body with a detailed neck yoke, sleeve and skirt finished with a feminine scallop. Demure and slightly Audrey Hepburn in feel, it has a nipped in waist, slightly exaggerated shoulder and full skirt.
Here we have a better look at the fabric’s intricate pattern, we show it on Kate’s frock on the left, as well as an online retailer.
The piece is from Alice Temperley’s 2012 autumn/winter collection. Several Templeton pieces were offered, we show the separates as seen on the runway.
The collection also included a full-length dress in this fabric.
The Duchess carried her red Alexander McQueen clutch.
She wore that dazzling diamond set we have seen previously.
Arguably Kate’s most notable accessory was her hair. While we try to stay firmly focused on style and fashion topics in this space, not mentioning the return of Kate’s shiny hair in a new, shorter cut, would be an oversight on my part.
The evening’s most-anticipated moment came when Kate presented the highly respected One-to-Watch award to Amber Hill, a 16-year-old sharpshooter who already competes at the senior level and is ranked 5th in the world. British Shooting shared this image of Amber with her award in that distinctive Tiffany box; Tiffany was a major sponsor of the function.
More on Amber and her Award from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:
This year at the world championships she smashed a junior world record with a score that equalled the senior world record.
After the presentation the teenager said the Duchess liked her reply to the BBC broadcaster: “She said she loved my comments.”
She added: “It’s just so nice she recognises young and upcoming sportswomen and gives us the backing and the recognition. Its definitely good that she’s patron – a great role model.”
More on Kate’s participation at this year’s SportsBall from SportsAid’s online story:
At her first SportsBall since becoming SportsAid’s patron earlier this year, last night Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge helped to highlight the amazing commitment, sacrifices and achievements of young British athletes who one day hope to compete at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.
The group is enormously popular in the UK; they played at last year’s gala, and returned for this year’s party.
We wanted to include a few photos from Tuesday night’s Winter Whites Gala, benefiting Centrepoint. The gala was at Kensington Palace (is there a posher place for a party?!), with a reception, dinner and 5-star entertainment from Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, James Blunt and other acts. Below, the Duke chatting with some of Centrepoint’s young people.
Jon Bon Jovi and his son talk with Prince William.
William presented Mr. Bon Jovi with the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award for his humanitarian work. The singer founded Soul Foundation in 2006, that organization works to help break the cycle of poverty through “rebuilding pride in one’s self and one’s community, one soul at a time”.
William and Taylor Swift enjoying the entertainment.
For many the evening’s highlight came during an impromptu singalong during Jon Bon Jovi’s performance of the classic “Livin’ On A Prayer”. Taylor Swift joined the entertainer who was playing solo with his guitar, and then Prince William jumped on the stage as well.
The event was a booming success in several ways. Centrepoint has announced the event raised £1 million. If you would like to look at all of Harriet Armstrong’s wonderful photos from the gala, there are two albums on the Centrepoint Facebook page. Click here or here.
The name is familiar to WKW readers. It may also sound familiar to those who remember Princess Diana’s volunteer work, she was the organization’s Patron for some time; Prince William has served as the group’s Patron since 2005. Below left you see Diana at Centrepoint, on the right William is shown with executive director Seyi obakin, the two took part in one of the group’s Sleep Out for Centrepoint event in 2009, when hundreds slept on London’s streets to help raise awareness of the homeless problem.
In December of last year Kate and William visited Centrepoint’s Camberwell Foyer facility.
Tomorrow we’ll be back to share some of the Kate-related bargains for those partaking of the weekend’s shopping frenzy and/or Cyber Monday (known as Pink & Green Monday at our real job); there are some discounts that may be appealing for those inclined to peruse the offerings. There is one to tell you about today, because of its time-related element. It is for Kate’s M Missoni coat, marked down to just $399 at flash sale site Gilt.com.
One thing to keep in mind: this particular sale ends Thursday night, so if interested in the coat you may want to act sooner, rather than later. Gilt is one of many ‘members only’ flash sale sites. If you are not a member and need an invitation (I think you may be able to sign up with out one), just click here. (Full disclosure, if you become a member, and if you buy something, I receive an account credit.)
Update to Kate’s Calendar:
- Wednesday, Dec. 11: Kate and William attend an advanced screening of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D. The screening will be at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London.
- Learn more about SportsAid at its website here, follow the group on Facebook, or on Twitter.
- There is a separate website website for the SportsBall, you can see loads of pictures from last year’s event here, and videos from several previous SportsBalls here.
- Visit Centrepoint’s website here, or follow them on Facebook, or Twitter.
- The Daily Mail’s story is here, the Express story may be read here, and Victoria Murphy’s story in The Mirror is here
- ITN’s video story is here