Late post for me but kicking off with the video above which shows you Kate in action at Tuesday night's dinner. And doesn't she look amazing? Kate wore an elegant long cream dress which was id-ed as being the Lombard dress by designer Roland Mouret - credit for the id goes to Melissa via the WKW Facebook page. The long sleeves and high neckline provided chic, simple style but the thigh-high slit gave the look a va-va-voom.
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Kate wore the Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals which we last saw at the BAFTA dinner in LA on the 2011 Royal Tour when she wore the beatiful lilac Alexander McQueen dress. And perhaps channelling her inner siren, Kate was also sporting some red toenails. The Duchess of Cambridge carried a sparkly silver clutch, which I understand is yet to be identified. And aside from her wedding rings, Kate was wearing some beautiful silver earrings which were id-ed by Kate jewellery encyclopedia, Anna from My Small Obsessions - thanks Anna, as being the Ava/ Eva designs by Beaut Jewellery. The last time I can remember Kate wearing these was at when she wore the one shouldered silver Jenny Packham dress to the National Arboretum Appeal fundraiser November 2011.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were out for an exclusive dinner for the Thirty Club at London's Claridge's Hotel. The Thirty Club got its name from as it originally was made up of 30 members and it's regarded as a prestigious group with its members including some of the most powerful men and women in advertising and the media. It was founded in 1905 and it has monthly dinners for members. This was the first time William had spoken at one of the dinners, although St James Palace did reveal the Duke of Cambridge has been asked some nine times before. A St James Palace spokesman said: ‘The Duke has been invited for around nine years now and thought that it was right to accept the invitation this year because of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It also seemed rather apt as it his 30th birthday next month. Other senior members of the Royal Family also suggested that it was an interesting event to attend.’
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The Lombard dress, named after actres Carole Lombard, is from Roland Mouret's 2009 collection. It was first by model Amber Valetta in 2009 and again in 2010 when it was worn by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy for a state dinner. With Kate and Carla both sharing a penchant for lady-like dressing, it should come as no surprise that the fashionable ladies have now worn the same dress.
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Of course, we've seen Kate wear a Roland Mouret dress before. The Duchess of Cambridge wore the designer's Manon dress for her flight to Canada on the 2011 Royal Tour.