Kate brought back a Jenny Packham gown for this evening’s gala at the Met.
Above you see the Duke and Duchess arriving at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for tonight’s fundraising dinner.
The black tie function is in support of the University of Saint Andrews 600th Anniversary. William is the Patron of that fundraising campaign, and the couple has participated in a number of events related to the anniversary. The 600th Anniversary fundraising campaign kicked off in March 2011, that occasion was one of Kate and William’s first joint engagements.
Kate and William mingling with guests.
More about the evening from Simon Perry’s People story.
The event, honoring the school where the two met and fell in love, was considered a highlight of the couple’s trip to the U.S. and the main reason the visit was scheduled for these days, according to the palace. To great cheers from fans across the street and flashing lights of the press and TV cameras, Kate and William arrived, and at the top of the steps, they were welcomed by a group of St. Andrews alumni.
On the menu at the Met: Duo of mushroom-crusted tenderloin of Angus beef and cedar plank Scottish salmon with a Scotch ale reduction, truffle-whipped parsnips and potatoes and miniature sticky toffee pudding with caramel gelato and praline brittle.
The British Consulate posted a video showing the flickering candles lining the stairway at the Museum.
Two profile shots.
Here you see Prince William at the podium (and projected onto a wall), saying “I don’t need to tell you how much Saint Andrews means to me and Catherine.”
More on tonight’s gala from The Daily Mail:
Some attendees had paid a staggering $10,000 each to attend the event, which will close with a charity auction. The money will fund scholarships and bursaries for St Andrews students from under-privileged communities, as well as new sports and media facilities at the university
William’s cousin Princess Eugenie also attended the dinner.
The most striking part of tonight’s ensemble: Kate’s glimmering, shimmering jewelry, better seen in this photo.
The diamond and emerald earrings and bracelet are a private gift.
It is the first time we have seen the Duchess wearing the demi-parure, or partial set. The chandelier style earrings showcase several strands of diamonds with a large emerald, that emerald is also surrounded by diamonds.
This offers a different angle, as well as a look at Kate’s updo.
A closer look at the earrings.
The bracelet echoes this motif, although these are not stellar shots of the piece.
Many readers will recognize the dress. Kate most recently wore the gown to a National Portrait Gallery event in February 2014; the first time we saw it was for a 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner in October of 2013.
The gown is described as being made of “petrol-hued silk” on the Stylebop site, where it is still available for purchase in a US size 4/UK size 8. It is actually on sale for $2657, discounted 45% from its original $4885 price tag.
- deep v-neckline front and back
- a wrapped front,
- black velvet sash
- hidden zipper
Here you have a better view of it from the front.
It appeared Kate was wearing her Jimmy Choo Cosmic heels, now out of stock at Jimmy Choo and everywhere else we checked.
A quick note about the University of Saint Andrews tartan seen in the gentleman’s kilt above: as Brenda noted in her comment (thank you!) there are items available for purchase in this tartan.
Above, a few of the items available in the Saint Andrews online gift shop.
Below, the Duke and the Duchess leaving tonight’s dinner.
William and Kate are flying home tonight. We will have a wrap-up post later this week.
A few other updates to share:
- Last night’s post has been updated to reflect confirmation on Kate’s earrings and word that she is said to have been in J. Crew denim. http://bit.ly/K8Dec82014B
- Today’s earlier post has been updated with dress info and news about little Diamond Marshall, the 6-year-old who greeted William & Kate at the Calgary airport. http://bit.ly/K8Dec92014A
I will post more links below shortly.
- WNBC has a good video of the couple arriving at the Met
- The Daily Telegraph’s coverage is here, The Daily Mail’s is here, and the Mirror’s live blog is here
- The NY Times has a nice piece, Even in ‘Jaded City,’ Heads Turn to Glimpse a Duke and Duchess