As you know, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, made her first public appearances since announcing her second pregnancy, yesterday October 21. Kate’s first appearance was taking part in the Singapore State Visit, welcoming the President and his wife. Kate’s second appearance was at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards at the Natural History Museum where she joined Sir David Attenborough to present the winners with their awards, after meeting the finalists and viewing all the artwork. Kate was met and shown around by Sir Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum.
[Sir Michael Dixon, Kate, Sir David Attenborough – via @NHM_WPY]
The 2014 awards marked the 50th year of the competition, which provides a global showcase of the best nature photography. The prestigious competition is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide and is shown in a major exhibition at the NHM. This year’s grand title winners were Michael Nichols from the USA (whose photo is absolutely gorgeous) in the adult category, and Carlos Perez Naval from Spain in the youth category. Go here to see their beautiful work and to check out the other winners and finalist’s work.
Side note: A new appearance has been added to Kate’s schedule. Tomorrow, October 23, Kate will attend an Autumn Gala Evening in support of Action on Addiction at the L’Anima Restaurant in London.
[Kate presenting Carlos Perez Naval with his award – via @NHM_WPY]
Kate wore a brand new custom ice blue Jenny Packham gown with a giant slit (like up to the waist, giant) with a second modesty skirt, to keep from flashing her bits to everyone, that came to a good number of inches above her knee. It features a deep-ish v-neck and three-quarter sleeves. I’m not sure how I feel about the dress. I like the color, but I wish there hadn’t been a slit. Because of the way the dress is designed, when Kate walked it gave off a “mullet dress” vibe and I hate that look. The dress would have looked more ethereal and pretty had the slit been to the knee and no underskirt.
Kate accessorized with a new modified Alexander McQueen clutch. She wore LK Bennett pink sandals with a bow that she previously wore in 2011 at the ARK dinner. After Kate’s boring jewelry game earlier in the day, she brought out a new earrings and necklace set by Monica Vinader – the Riva Diamond Cluster Drop earrings and Riva Diamond Cluster Bib necklace. The earrings are available on the designer’s site and cost $1,245;
the necklace was a Harrods exclusive, but I cannot find it on their site so no idea how much that cost. Many thanks to Chic_Happens_ for finding a link to the necklace, on the designer’s site the piece cost $3,340. Because of the nature of the pieces, you can barely see them from afar, especially since Kate’s mountain of hair was covering everything (and kept falling in her face, forcing her to touch it and put it behind her ears).
Here’s a video of Kate’s appearance. LOL so hard at Carlos Perez Naval not giving any shits about having his picture taken with Kate.
[Kate presenting Michael Nichols with his award – via @NHM_WPY]
[Kate, with Sir Michael Dixon, chatting to finalists – via Clarence House Twitter]
Some delicious-looking cupcakes. Do you think Kate ate one?
I wish the dress had stayed like this, this is gorgeous:
That “mullet” effect I was talking about:
Shoutout to Rebecca Deacon!!