This morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met the Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan at Lancaster House to view the "Creative Collaborations" exhibition, as part of the Chinese state visit to the UK.
The event was a celebration of the cultural ties between the UK and China and was an opportunity for the foursome to meet a range of UK and Chinese companies working in creative collaboration.
My favorite photo of the day is of Kate walking past the TARDIS and a Darlek! Yes, I'm a Doctor Who fan :)
Kate surprised us today by debuting a new frock from Dolce & Gabbana. The Italian design house isn't a brand we would normally associate with the Duchess. In fact, this is the first piece she has ever worn from D&G.
Kate choose a deep purple Guipure lace dress designed with a high neck. The sheer lace dress comes with a silk-blend slip for coverage. It retails for US$3,495 and is currently available from Net-a-Porter, My Theresa and Luisaviaroma.
In addition to D&G, Kate premiered another Italian designer. On her feet were the Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito' pumps. A huge thanks to @YourLoveMoments for the ID! The 'Gianvito' model is Rossi's signature pump and the style comes in a range of colours, fabrics and heel heights. I emailed Gianvito Rossi and they have confirmed that Kate wore the 'Gianvito 105' (105 mm heel height) in Royale Burgundy suede.
Kate completed her outfit with a couple of familiar pieces. Kate wore her Mappin & Webb 'Empress' earrings and carried her Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch in cranberry suede. You may recall that Kate also owns this clutch in black suede.
The black suede version is one of her go-to clutches but we have only seen Kate carry the cranberry 'Bayswater' clutch on one other occasion. It made its debut on Christmas Day in 2011.
I'll be back on Friday to cover William and Kate's visit to Dundee, Scotland where they go by the titles, The Earl and Countess of Strathearn. They have five engagements planned while there, including a walkabout and participation in an anti-bullying workshop.
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Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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