As an Olympic ambassador, we've already seen Kate Middleton playing hockey with the Team GB squad while kitted out in colour-popping jeans and this evening, the Duchess of Cambridge is continuing her patriotic duties at an extra special shindig. Yup, on this fine Friday, Prince William and Kate are walking the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall as guests of honour for the 'Our Greatest Team Rises' concert, which celebrates the British athletes hoping for glory at this summer's games. The royal couple, who celebrated their first wedding anniversary last month, are joined by a bunch of famous faces including Mel C, Davina McCall and *squeal* Gary Barlow.
But what of Kate's ensemble? Well, the casual jeans are out the window and err, WOW. Swathed in a floor-sweeping gown, she looks every inch the elegant princess. We've been reliably informed that this ravishing dress comes courtesy of Jenny Packham's Spring Summer 2012 collection and consists of a lace bodice that's embellished with Swarovski crystals and features an un-Middy-esque plunging neckline. Oooh! Meanwhile, the skirt is pleated and is ribbon-waisted with a crystal and flower embellishment. And would you look at that rich emerald colour?! We're used to seeing the DoC in muted tones from charcoal greys to simple nudes so such a bold hue is a right ol' treat. Ha, take that Dell'Olio! Also: is anyone else reminded of that similarly-toned gown little sister Pippa wore for the Royal Wedding evening reception?
Kate's superbly topped off the gown with a matching clutch created especially for her by Jenny Packham as well as glistening drop earrings and the same silver Jimmy Choo Vamp heels she was sporting at Claridge's Hotel earlier this week. Her hair looks terrific too, dontcha think, intricately plaited into a ladylike bun. With those delicate lace sleeves and the stunning buttoned-up back, this is one dress that demands an up 'do rather than those signature bouncy waves and that sweepy side-parting is the ideal finishing touch to such an elegant offering. Hmm, is someone trying to catch the eye of a certain Mr Barlow, we wonder? (We're only messing, Wills).
Of course, this isn't the first time Kate has turned to Jenny Packham to pack a red carpet punch. The Duchess has worn the Brit designer's regal creations on no less than FOUR previous occasions. Lest we forget when she hosted a charity dinner at St James’s Palace last November in a silver one-shoulder gown accented by a velvet ribbon [above left] and one of our favourite ever K-Middy moments was surely when she stepped out in a bedazzling pearlescent stunner at the ARK Gala last summer [above right].
So let's hear your thoughts, peeps! Are you fan of Kate Middleton's latest look? Do let us know below...