Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham

Kate Middleton arrives at the National Portrait Gallery wearing Jenny Packham


Kate Middleton looked to one of her favourite designers to dress her for her first official royal engagement of the year: Jenny Packham.

The Duchess of Cambridge hit the red carpet for the National Portrait Gallery gala wearing an off the shoulder ink blue silk tulle gown with a black velvet belt from the British designer's AW13 collection. Always one to get the most out of her evening gowns, Kate also wore the gorgeous dress to a dinner in October.

Kate Middleton at the National Portrait Gallery

The mother-of-one also raided the Queen's jewellery box to accessorise her outfit, picking out a dazzling diamond necklace that was given to HRH as a wedding gift, to finish her look. Could this be the beginning of Kate's couture makeover? Her Maj has made it clear that she wants her granddaughter-in-law to look more regal on her royal engagements, so what better way to start than with the monarch's diamonds?

Among the guests that joined Kate at the glamorous bash at the London gallery – of which the Duchess is a patron – was Elizabeth Hurley, artist Grayson Perry and Olympic gold medallist, Katherine Grainger.

Kate Middleton in an ink blue Jenny Packham Dress

Fresh from her holiday to Mustique, with Prince George and the rest of the Middleton's, Kate was glowing as she entertained guests at the reception. The Duchess was on hand to oversee the live auction of specially commissioned pen portraits – pieces of writing created by acclaimed authors to accompany artworks in the museum – which were sold to raise money for the National Portrait Gallery.

The 32-year-old's next royal engagement is at the (slightly less salubrious) Northolt High School in Ealing, where Kate will be opening a new branch of The Art Room – a charity which helps troubled children through art.

By Olivia Marks

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