The Duchess of Cambridge has continued a busy week of official engagements with an appearance at an evening reception hosted by the National Portrait Gallery in London. The event took place in order to honour the work of The Art Room, a charity which uses painting and drawing to build the self-confidence of young people and Kate was there to help launch a new fundraising initiative and celebrate its 11th anniversary. As the charity's royal patron, she has also had the chance to meet with children who have benefited from its work in Oxford schools.
She stepped out of her car to waiting crowds tonight wearing a pale blue dress by Emilia Wickstead with a pair of grey suede pumps. The cut of the 1950s style cocktail frock was extremely flattering, and could easily be mistaken for maternity wear. Kate is a big fan of Wickstead and has previously worn the British designer for a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2012, as well as for St Patrick's Day both this year and last. This evening she wore her brunette locks curled and pinned back away from her face and her eye makeup was shimmery and smokey.
The Duchess of Cambridge in Emilia Wickstead in March 2013 and May 2012
The Duchess, 31, last visited the National Portrait Gallery in January to witness the unveiling of her official portrait by artist Paul Emsley. On that occasion she opted for a maroon dress by British high street brand Whistles teamed with an Asprey 167 Button Pendant.
Yesterday the Duchess was in Manchester where she visited a local primary school with comedian John Bishop. She took advantage of the fine spring weather and wore a floral dress by London Fashion Week designer Erdem along with opaque tights and navy blue pumps as she helped plant a tree.
As well as these two visits, Kate will also take a trip with William and Harry to the Warner Bros studios in Hertfordshire on Friday - so stay tuned!
Take a look at the Duchess of Cambridge's greatest looks in the gallery below...