The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year dinner this evening.
The annual £100,000 award celebrates museums and galleries across the UK.
Kate presented the award to this year’s winners, the Victoria and Albert Museum.
This year's ceremony took place in the spectacular setting of the Natural History Museum before an invited audience of leading culture and museum figures. The Duchess arrived wearing a new cream off-shoulder knit dress by Barbara Casasola.
This is the first occasion Kate has donned a garment by the Brazil-born, London-based designer. The "Tribal" dress is part of Barbara Casasola's minimalist Spring '16 runway collection. The midi dress is cut from figure-sculpting stretch-jersey and paneled with sheer mesh inserts for a sporty feel. This off-the-shoulder piece flares out from the thigh and originally retailed for US$2,210.
Kate also wore a new pair of heels by Brazilian footwear company Schutz. She premiered the'Dollie' Sandals in Clay suede (US$179.95) - thanks to @pballwizard202 for the ID. This is also a brand first for the Duchess. Both her dress and shoes have a link to Brazil ... could this be hint that Kate is heading to the Rio Olympics!?
Tonight, Kate carried her mystery beaded clutch which we first saw in 2012 at Claridge’s Thirty Club Dinner. It's speculated that it may be a vintage piece like her Magid clutch.
Unfortunately, there are still no clear photos of Kate's earrings. They appear to be mother of pearl drop earrings. What Kate Wore offers a closer look:
ID UPDATE (8 July 2016): We got a beter look at the earrings after Kate wore them again at Wimbledon. They are the Baroque Pearl Double Sided Earrings by Soru Jewellery (£130). The earrings are hand crafted with iridescent baroque pearls edged with multi faceted Swarovski crystals.
For day two of the Battle of Somme commemorations, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince Harry returned to the Thiepval memorial to officially open its visitor centre and museum. They where joined by French president François Hollande.
The royal trio took a tour of the newly renovated centre, viewing the Somme tapestry and meeting visiting British and French school children.
Following this, the young royals headed outside where they joined the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and dignitaries including the British Prime Minister David Cameron, and President Hollande.
They attended the somber National Commemorative Service marking the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval Memorial.
Following the service, the royals spoke with school children who laid wreaths on some of the war graves. The Duchess of Cambridge told them she was finding her visit to the Somme “emotional.”
Kate was in a new bespoke piece for today's event. It features all of her beloved elements; lace, peplum waist, 3/4 sleeves and Peter Pan collar.
The designer of the nude/black cocktail dress remains unknown, however we do know that the dress was crafted from lace by renowned French textile house, Sophie Hallette.
The Sophie Hallette factory in France provides lace for leading couturiers, and the firm made the lace used for Kate’s wedding gown and shoes.
ID UPDATE (27 SEP 2016)
A few of us noticed similarities between the lace peplum dress and the french blue Jenny Packham sheath dress Kate wore on arrival in Canada. Super sleuth @AnnieElizabethN investigated further, and it was confirmed that the french lace dress is a bespoke creation by Jenny Packham:
The Duchess accessorized her new dress with familiar supplements. Today we saw the return of the Lock & Co's 'Lion Tamer' hat. Designed by the firm's resident milliner Sylvia Fletcher, the Lion Tamer is hand-sculpted from layers of dyed ebony sinamay and finished with a simple ostrich feather.
The piece dates back to June 2011. She first wore it for Trooping the Colour, and again to a friend's wedding later that same day.
Kate wore the same black suede accessories from yesterday's vigil. She carried her Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch and on her feet were the Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' pumps.
She donned her favourite Annoushka Pearl Drops and Kiki Diamond Hoop Earrings.
Kate also wore flowers of remembrance; a red poppy with its French equivalent, the cornflower.
I'll leave you with this sweet moment from the service.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, traveled to France today for two days of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
The Somme Offensive was the largest battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. More than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The royals received a historical briefing on the battlefields of the Somme at Thiepval Memorial.
This was followed by a vigil at the Thiepval Memorial, where over 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated.
For the somber occasion, Kate paired a new coat, the Missoni Metallic crochet-knit coat, with an unidentifiable black sheath dress underneath. (Coat identified by @HeavenQRF)
The Italian brand Missoni is instantly recognizable by its zigzag patterns and signature crochet knitwear. Kate's coat is a classic example of Missoni's hallmark design Made in Italy, the coat features front button closure and patch pockets. It is described: "Silver metallic threads shimmer within the monochromatic hues defining a textured A-line coat that's visually shaped with an angled zigzag pattern." The £1,568 piece appears to be sold out for some time, but can be viewed at Nordstrom and The Outnet.
Kate donned a new black pillbox hat with a bow appliqué and hairnet. It is reminiscent of her Lock & Co Betty Boop hat and Monique Jessen from People magazine confirmed it a bespoke piece by the same milliner.
Kate accessorized with her mabé pearl earrings which she recently debuted at Trooping the Colour. They are the Balenciaga Medium Pearl Stud Earrings. The Italian made earrings are on sale at Matches Fashion (60% off) and Neiman Marcus (35% off).
Kate carried her Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch and on her feet were the black suede Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito 105' pumps.
Tomorrow, the royal trio will be back at the Thiepval Memorial to officially open the Visitors Centre. They will tour the centre, viewing the Somme tapestry and meet visiting British and French school children.
Later they will join the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for the National Commemorative Event to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval, France.
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