Thursday, 23 October 2014

Kate Supports Action on Addiction's Autumn Gala in Temperley London Dress

The Duchess of Cambridge attended Action on Addiction's Autumn Gala evening dinner and reception in London this evening.

Her Royal Highness has been making a comeback to royal engagements this week - this is her third in three days - with a state visit role and two evening events. It would seem after over two months of illness, Kate is very much on the mend and once again tonight she looked well and very happy.

The Duchess walked the pink carpet upon arrival, a lovely touch for the event considering pink is the colour of the charity's logo.

The Duchess, became patron of Action on Addiction in January 2012. It was one of her very first choices, and since then has visited a number of the charity's services including Clouds House residential treatment centre in Wiltshire, Hope House and supported the family programme M-PACT. In a statement the charity said, "Her Royal Highness has brought much needed attention to a problem that affects a great many lives and in so doing helps to challenge stigma."

The purpose of the black-tie dinner is to thank supporters who have helped fund much-needed service, and to encourage further support.

Guests enjoyed a pre-dinner reception with a pianist before hearing a speech by the Charity's Chair John Lloyd. Well known comedian and impersonator Rory Bremner also performed (one wonders if he omitted his popular Prince Charles impersonation given Kate's presence :)).

 Clarence House shared this photo of Kate mingling with guests.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

Kate said she was glad to be getting out of the house and fielded questions about whether she is expecting a boy or a girl.

More from the Express story:

'Christopher said afterwards "She's a fabulous woman, she does so much for charity. We're obviously all aware, there was a bit of nervousness that this may not happen with her being here. But we're so pleased that she's recovered and she's here. She said she's loving being here.
 I think there was talk of her heels and there was talk about the baby and I think someone asked the question 'What is it going to be?' but she didn't answer'.

Kate chatted with millionaire Hans Rausing. The 51-year-old was convicted of preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife Eva's body by keeping it in the house for two months after she died from an overdose. The heir to the Tetra Pak fortunate is a major supporter of the charity.

The event was hosted at the award-winning Italian restaurant L'Anima. Translated as Italian for soul, this essence has been incorporated in the every detail of the trendy, sophisticated restaurant and bar.


From delicious contemporary Italian cuisine, to a superb wine list, friendly staff and inviting interiors, L'Anima has become incredibly popular in London  and it's always nice to see successful businesses giving back by providing the venue for a night such as this.


A look at one of the restaurant's popular desserts, Rosa Alpina Ice Cream with pumpkin seed oil and caramelised pumpkin seeds.


The Duchess appeared to be having a great time.

Kate's attendance at the gala has been very important for the organisation in terms of media awareness. Having such a high-profile figure support such a worthy cause and bring awareness is exactly what they need in order to keep providing vital services and support. For the Duchess, it's excellent to see her showing her support tonight for her patronage.

In a foreword for the programme tonight, Kate wrote "During the time I have spent with clients and staff I have been privileged to see phenomenal work which the charity undertakes to improve the lives of those affected by addiction".

As many of our readers know, Action on Addiction is the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, professional education and development, and support for families. Addiction is incredibly prevalent in our society with one in three people suffering from it. If you wish to donate or find out more please click here.

Action on Addiction

You can also read the charity's clients' stories on the website. Henry reveals in his story he weighed little over five and half stones and could not walk up a flight of stairs when he entered the medical centre. Henry eloquently writes, "without the 'magic' of Clouds House I would have died, there is no doubt. I owe my life to all the people who worked and helped Clouds House function in the early days."

Action on Addiction

Chief executive, Nick Barton said:

'The Duchess of Cambridge has shown unwavering support of the charity and we are delighted that our patron is able to attend the Autumn Gala evening. We are enormously grateful that Her Royal Highness helped us to keep addiction very much in the spotlight by her involvement to help reduce the stigma surrounding the condition.
 The charity's mission is to free people from addiction and we hope this evening will help us to make further progress in achieving that aim.'

Moving on to what Kate wore this evening.

We had been hoping we would see Kate in another formal gown for the gala, however, the nature of event saw guests dressed in cocktail dresses. The Duchess did not disappoint in a pretty black dress by Temperley London.

Temperley London

The Emblem Flare Dress from Temperley London's Pre-Fall Collection is a long-sleeved dress inspired by stained glass ironwork and woven from a light-weight cotton-blend yarn. Delicate panels expose the nude slip and the design is finished with a slashed neckline and a scooped neck. It's currently available for £595 on the website and at Shoptiques.

Temperley London

For those who like the design of the dress, other items in the Emblem range include the Stretch Cotton-Blend Dress and the Emblem Top.

Temperley London

Kate's dress includes a bow belt, the Duchess may have added it herself.

Readers correctly noted similarities to the belt Kate wore with her much loved Temperley London Amoret Gown. From looking at photos it appears they are different, as you can see the belt is velvet which the one worn tonight does not appear to be.

Kate teamed the dress with her gorgeous black suede Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps.

Jimmy Choo

Kate's worn these diamond earrings several times, they were reportedly a wedding gift from Prince Charles.

A closer look.

Kate carried a black beaded clutch tonight, it is similar to one she was photographed carrying several years ago. We'll update when we know for certain.

What do you think of Kate's look tonight? The dress wasn't a favourite of mine, however it looked great  on Kate. I don't think it photographed as well as previous dresses due to the nude lining.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Kate in Stunning Blue Jenny Packham Gown for Widlife Photographer of the Year Awards

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards at the Natural History Museum in London tonight.

It's been quite a day for the Duchess who participated in a state visit for the first time earlier today, welcoming President Tony Tan of Singapore and his wife. Kate's health has obviously been improving and she felt well enough to undertake two engagements today.

The Duchess was all smiles upon arrival and greeted by staff from the Natural History Museum and a sizeable media presence.

As patron of the museum and a keen photographer herself, the event was a perfect choice for Kate.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of the world's most prestigious photography competitions. An international panel of judges select one hundred photographs to be showcased in the exhibition, opening at the museum on Friday. The acclaimed show celebrates the rich diversity of life on our planet while highlighting the fragility of nature.

Natural History Museum

When Herfried Marek woke one October morning and looked out the window of his home in Worschach, Austria, he was taken by surprise at the transformation. Everything was covered in a thin blanket of white.

Natural History Museum

The under-18's category offers incredible talent too. Take a look at this photo taken by 17-year-old Edwin Sahlin in northern Sweden.

Natural History Museum

10-year-old Leon Pertinos took this photo of a cheetah lying down on his first safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Natural History Museum

It is a striking exhibition showcasing immense talent, and offering a glimpse into our natural world many of us may never see. After its première in London, the exhibition embarks on an international tour across six continents, giving millions of people across the world the chance to view some of the world's most memorable wildlife photography. If you're interested in visiting click here for more information.

The museum shared photos of preparations before the awards began via their Twitter Feed.

Natural History Museum Twitter Feed

Her Royal Highness met finalists and viewed the exhibition.

Kate teamed up with world famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough to present the awards.

We had hoped (very much hoped) Kate would take the formal route and choose a full-length wrap dress for tonight and she certainly didn't disappoint in a stunning powder blue Jenny Packham gown. The three-quarter-sleeve gown features a split to the waist with a skirt underneath, which shows off Kate's legs to perfection.

Jenny Packham's brother Chris is a popular British naturalist who presents BBC's Springwatch and Autumnwatch. Kate often takes many factors into consideration when selecting a designer for a specific event and I thought it worth noting.

There are similar Jenny Packham gowns encompassing many of the elements in Kate's dress currently available. Below we look at the Wrap Front Beaded Gown - a decadent design with all-over bead embellishment - and the Three-Quarter-Sleeve Beaded Tulle Gown with the same gathered-into waist. The gown retails for £3,783.

Jenny Packham

I love this dress and think it's so refreshing to see Kate in a youthful yet elegant garment. Kate has made her return to engagements in style and this look is a splendid choice for the glamorous evening. A memorable look for the Duchess without question. What do you think of it?

Kate teamed the gown with her L.K. Bennett 'Agata' sandals.

L.K. Bennett

Readers may recall the Duchess wore them to the ARK Gala in 2011 with another gorgeous Jenny Packham gown.

Kate's striking necklace and matching earrings are new.

The eagle-eyed Anna from HRH Countess of Wessex Blog quickly identified them as Monica Vinader pieces. The Riva Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings retail for £745 and are described as "18ct rose gold vermeil on sterling silver in diamond". The Riva Diamond Cluster Bib Necklace is now available on the website for £2000.

Monica Vinader

Kate debuted her second new clutch of the day - a bespoke cream bag by Alexander McQueen. Ashley Marie shared a photo of this similar style.


 Interestingly, Kate chose a McQueen coatdress with a Jenny Packham bag for today's first engagement and a Packham dress and McQueen clutch for the second.

You can watch a video from the event at youtube.

Natural History Museum Twitter Feed

It was an excellent day for royal watchers and lovely to see Kate supporting her patronage in style tonight. We will see the Duchess on 23 October when she'll attend a gala in aid of her patronage Action on Addiction!

Kate Returns to Engagements with State Visit Role

It was a windy day in London as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed President Tony Tan Keng Yam of Singapore and his wife Mary Chee Bee Kiang at the start of a four-day state visit to Britain.

The appearance marks Kate's first engagement in eleven weeks. The Duchess has been suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum and spent much of the last two months with her family in Bucklebury. Yesterday Kensington Palace revealed the couple are due their second child in April and Kate's condition is "steadily improving".

The second-in-line to the throne and his wife greeted Mr. Tan and his wife at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.

It is Kate's first formal role in a state visit, and perhaps a sign of Her Majesty's growing confidence in the younger generation of royals playing a more significant part in important events (the couple's role is normally performed by Charles and Camilla). William, Kate and Harry travelled to Belgium and France earlier this year for World War One centenary commemorations, representing the Queen. While the Duke and Duchess will definitely not be attending the state banquet this evening, one could safely assume that will be the next step for them. Perhaps next year.

Kate told the president over tea "I've been looking forward to getting out of the house, that's for sure". It is wonderful to see her looking so happy today, hopefully it will be smooth sailing for her for the remainder of her pregnancy. It's been a very difficult time for Kate and as expected she looks quite tired.

More from The Mirror's live blog:

'Kate made the president laugh by telling him 'It's a bit colder than our last meeting', and he replied: 'The weather is lovely'.
The room at the Royal Garden Hotel where they met had a panoramic view of Kensington Gardens . The President commented on the beautiful view of Kensington Palace from the hotel and William joked: 'You can probably see into our bedroom window which is a bit worrying - I wouldn't look too closely.'

The couple took part in the ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards, to which they travelled by car with the presidential couple.

Reporters noted how happy and radiant Kate looked.

What were you doing at 03.30 this morning? The Household Division was wide awake, busy making its final preparations for the state visit. While London slept, the horses and men of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment carried out an early morning rehearsal for their role as Sovereign's Escort.

The Army in London Facebook Page

The level of attention to detail and meticulous planning is admirable, ensuring the event goes off seamlessly.

The Army in London Facebook Page

As we mentioned previously, William and Kate had the opportunity to meet the couple in Singapore during their 2012 tour of South-East Asia. It seemed fitting for the Duke and Duchess to welcome them to London, just as they had been so warmly welcomed during their visit.

The Queen and Prince Philip greeted President Tan.

British Army Facebook Page

A great shot from the day.

The Cambridges joined Her Majesty and Prince Philip for the carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace.

William and Kate travelled in the Scottish State Coach with Singaporean government minister Grace Fu, while the Queen took the Diamond Jubilee Coach with Mr Tan, and Prince Philip took the Australia State Coach with Mrs Tan.

The couple chatted and exchanged smiles.

British Army Facebook Page

The procession travelled along the Mall before the royals - with the exception of Kate - returned to the palace, where lunch was held for the visitors. The Palace announced this morning the Duchess would not be attending the lunch; one imagines with tonight's engagement Kate did not want to feel overly fatigued.

The Duchess selected a new grey coatdress by her go-to brand Alexander McQueen.

The bespoke plaid piece features a fitted bodice and full skirt. It was a stylish choice for the nature of the event and the weather conditions. A coatdress is very much a typical piece for Kate, particularly for important engagements.

What Kate Wore correctly noted the material is used in several pieces from McQueen's Resort 2015 collection. Designs from the collection included collages of classic patterns including houndstooth and Prince of Wales check.

Alexander McQueen
Kate wore a black dress underneath.

Kate repeated the grey Jane Taylor hat she wore for an Easter Sunday service in Sydney during the royal tour in April.

It appears Kate wore her Prada Suede Round-Toe Pumps (the gold logo is missing but otherwise the shoes is identical). Made in Italy, the shoes feature leather insole and lining, leather outsole and 4 1/4 inch covered high heel. For those fond of the pumps, Nordstrom currently has round toe Prada pumps in black and nude.


Kate accessorised with her Annoushka pearls.


Kate wore her Mappin and Webb Empress white gold and diamond pendant. The sparkling piece is set in 18 carat white gold and retails for £,1850.

Mappin and Webb

And completed the look with a new Jenny Packham clutch.

The Duchess wore her hair in a simple ponytail

A quick reminder, we'll be back with another post this evening when the Duchess attends the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards at the Natural History Museum.