After Prince George's christening yesterday, you'd think that the Duchess of Cambridge would want to put her feet up and catch the final episode of 'Educating Yorkshire'. Instead she's put her finest frock on for a glamorous gala.
Fresh from the royal celebration, attended by the Queen, Prince Phillip, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, the Middletons and George's seven - YES SEVEN - godparents, Kate stepped out at the 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala dinner, which aims to raise money and awareness for people struggling with addiction. Taking place at Kensington Palace State Apartments, the event is hosted by the charity Action on Addiction in association with the 100 Women In Hedge Funds, for both of which the Duchess is a patron. Addiction is clearly an important issue for Kate who visited The Willows Park primary school in Manchester to meet the children of addicts earlier this year.
Following a short break from the spotlight after the birth of Prince George on 22 July the Duchess has been easing back into public life. She and William attended the Ring O’ Fire Coastal Ultra Marathon in Anglesey in August, The Tusk Trust Awards in September and last week she visited the Olympic Park for her first solo outing where she met budding sport stars and their parents who were taking part in an educational event hosted by her charity SportsAid.
This is the second red carpet event Kate has attended since George's birth, and she's stuck to a tried and tested formula, opting for a floor-length dress by designer Jenny Packham. You'll remember she wore a glittering Packham dress to the Tusk Trust Awards with matching metallic shoes, but tonight she was more understated in an ink blue off the shoulder silk tulle dress with a full skirt. Her hair was curled at the ends and hung loosely over her shoulders.
The Duchess also wore Packham when she emerged from hospital carrying her new-born son and the designer told us of the event: 'I was in Japan on holiday at the time. It was the middle of the night when I first saw pictures of her in the dress so I was frustrated not to there and be a part of it. I was very excited and it was such a lovely moment to involved in. It was quite surreal, actually'.
There's no denying that Kate looks every inch the polished princess in her Packham gown, but we can't decide if we prefer it to the fitted cream Alexander McQueen dress featuring elegant ruffles that she wore to the christening. Paired with a pillbox hat in the same colour, as well as matching shoes, the frock gave a nod to the esteemed British brand responsible for her bridal gown, which has become iconic since her 2011 wedding to Prince William.
Take a look at the Duchess of Cambridge's top fashion moments in the gallery below...