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The Duchess Wears Alexander McQueen for Black Tie Dinner in Oslo

Kate went with another go-to designer for tonight’s black-tie dinner in Oslo.

She wore an evening gown by Alexander McQueen. Below, the Duchess and other royals proceed to dinner.

King Harald escorted Kate while Prince William was with Queen Sonja.

Before dinner, formal photo portraits were taken. Below you see (l to r): Princess Martha Louise of Norway, King Harald, Queen Sonja, William, Kate, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Astrid of Norway. Martha Louise is the older sister of Crown Prince Haakon and fourth in line to the throne. Princess Astrid is King Harald’s older sister.

More about the evening from a Hello! story:

The black-tie affair was attended by members of government, leaders in business and those from the Norwegian creative industries. William, 35, and Kate, 36, also had the chance to mingle with serving members and veterans from the Norwegian Armed Forces.

Crown Princess Mette-Merit at the dinner.

Kate was seated next to King Harald.

The King and Prince William both gave speeches tonight.

This is from the Royal Family website’s official account of today’s activities.

His Majesty underscored the close ties that exist between Norway and the United Kingdom – and between our royal houses:

The Queen and I are delighted to welcome you on your first official visit to Norway. You are family. And that makes this visit very special – for the Queen and me, and for all of us.

The news release said that “Prince William also spoke of the many ties between our two countries, ties both historical, political and economical in nature.” The full text of William’s speech may be seen here.

There were also toasts this evening.

It looked like a very elegant evening.

On Twitter, ace IDer and royal follower HeavenQRF noted that with the speeches and gowns, it almost felt like a state dinner minus the tiaras and royal orders.

Now to what Kate wore for the big do.

The Duchess was in a blush pink gown by Alexander McQueen. It looked like it was made from lightweight silk, with a round neckline, sleeveless bodice, and a sheer overlay that transforms into a cape covering the sides and back of the dress, creating a very soft, floaty feel. My friend Kelly Lynch pointed out the similarities between Kate’s dress and this McQueen style on sale at My Theresa.

The gown was embellished with hand-sewn rhinestones in a floral motif. I think there were also pearl beads and a few mother-of-pearl beads as well.

Reaction to what Kate wore from Josh Duboff’s Vanity Fair column.

But upon her arrival in Norway Thursday, Kate brought out the big guns…. with this pink gown from Alexander McQueen. Look at this gown! It has a cape. A cape! Blush pink and with a crystal flower-adorned neckline, this is immediately a classic.

The Duchess carried a Jimmy Choo clutch identical to the one she used at last night’s reception in Stockholm, the Celeste style.

The bag is made of suede and adorned with pavé rhinestones on its frame. It measures roughly 8″ x 4″ and can be used with a snake-chain shoulder strap or carried as a clutch.  It is available at Jimmy Choo, as well as at Nordstrom, and also at Saks.

Kate carried the bag in the ‘vino’ colorway to the black-tie dinner in Stockholm Tuesday night.

We saw the return of the Queen’s diamond drop earrings this evening.

As well as the “Wedding Gift Bracelet,’ so called because it was a gift from Prince Philip to HM when they were married in 1947.

Here is a much better photo of the bracelet than what was available tonight, it is from this post.

It appears Kate wore her platinum ‘Cabrina’ lamé heels by Oscar de la Renta. (Thank you, Sara, for pointing this out.)

The Duchess wore her hair up, and I believe we saw the return of a net to help keep it in place.

I thought this was one of Kate’s best looks on the tour.

Here is a link to our first post for the day. Did you have a favorite among the four different ensembles?

Here is the schedule for tomorrow as the tour wraps up and the Cambridges head back to London.

  • Friday, February 2:
    • The day begins with a visit to Hartvig Nissen School, where an extremely popular tv show called Skam (Shame) is filmed. The show focuses “on teenagers and the challenges young people can experience growing up, such as identity issues, bullying, relationships, sexual assault, and eating disorders.”
    • Next on the agenda for Kate and William, a private lunch at Skagum, the official residence of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
    • The Crown Prince and Princess will join Kate and William for a visit to Oslo’s famed Holmenkollen Ski Jump overlooking Oslo. They will walk through The Ski Museum and watch a demonstration by Norway’s under-18 ski jumpers.
    • The final event of the tour is an event organized by the Norwegian Ski Federation, at which Kate and William will watch a group of nursery schoolers at a ski school lesson. “The Duke and Duchess will join children taking part in a number of outdoors activities, from experiencing Sami tents, to roasting sausages on an open fire.”
    • The Duke and Duchess then head to the airport where they will board their flight home to London.



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Monday 5th of February 2018

This is a magical dress. The duchess looks so happy and I think she looks like a queen herself. Possibly one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen. Show-stopper.

Monika Chew

Monday 12th of February 2018

STUNNING, STUNNING, STUNNING Before seeing the photos, I never know that pregnant women can look this gorgeous. This is perfection and should be made iconic look. It is flawless, classy, I can not stop looking at her. Thanks for sharing the post everyone.


Wednesday 7th of February 2018

You took the words right out of my mouth! Positively regal!


Monday 5th of February 2018

What a wonderful dress - and doesn't the Duchess wear it well. I love everything about this look. In fact I cannot find fault with anything about this outfit. Kate looks beautiful, regal and completely assured. Oh to be a princess for a day and get to wear something this lovely!


Saturday 3rd of February 2018

Truly elegant and regal! Also quite flattering to the Duchess's pregnant silhouette. Fave gown until now is the petrol Jenny Packham--I think this is the one Alisa is referring to as well--but this is in the running. What a pleasure it is to watch the Duchess grow into her role (and not only in terms of fashion)!


Saturday 3rd of February 2018

omg! amazing! everything about the outfit looks divine!!


Saturday 3rd of February 2018

The Alexander McQueen label has done it again!

The blush pink color in lightweight silk is very feminine, the Grecian-like cut with the sheer overlay that becomes a cape is very flattering of a figure during pregnancy, and the added embellishment of a pretty, floral motif in rhinestones, crystals and pearls around the neck line adds glamour to the design and sparkle to the wearer's face.

It's a classic look but what would differentiate this dress from an actress wearing it to the Oscars to a duchess on a royal tour? A tiara! Unfortunately, none of the crowned heads wore tiaras to the dinner. What a missed opportunity! The Cartier 'halo' tiara Kate wore to her wedding would have complimented the style of this dress resulting in the ultimate princess look.


Saturday 3rd of February 2018

A tiara would have been a treat, wouldn't it?! Sadly, this was not a formal state dinner, and black tie as opposed to white tie, so the big jewels weren't there for all of us to feast our eyes on. (Sigh.)

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