Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham

Kate Middleton wore Jenny Packham to the State Reception


Kate Middleton must surely be keeping the Queen happy with her wardrobe choices so far on her royal tour, with each hemline hitting firmly below-the-knee.

Before Kate and Wills embarked on their trip, Her Maj reportedly made clear that the Duchess should dress in a more regal fashion while visiting New Zealand and Australia in an official royal capacity. That meant less flirty skirts, and more couture. Oh, and lots of diamonds.

So far, Kate has looked to her favourite British designers to dress her. Earlier today we saw Kate in a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat dress – a take on one already available, but which had been lengthened to hit at the knee, and had had the frilly peplum removed. More regal? Check.

And the 32-year-old opted for a bespoke Jenny Packham dress for a State Reception at Government House, where Prince William unveiled a portrait of his grandmother. With her voluminous curls left to tumble over her shoulder, Kate was the picture of elegance in the off-shoulder gown bearing a crystal ferns on side – the emblem of New Zealand.

While her wardrobe might be a tad more serious, it looks like Kate's still up for a laugh. We're not sure how amused HRH would be at Kate's reaction to her granny-in-law's portrait, though.

By Olivia Marks

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