Kate Middleton attended her second Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery, of which she is Patron, last night, March 28. After wearing the Queen’s Nizam of Hyderabad necklace in 2014, I was hoping she would bling it up this go around, but sadly that didn’t happen.
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Instead, Kate debuted yet another pair of Kikis, adding to her growing list. At least she is transitioning to larger pieces, opting for rather large the Kiki McDonough “Candy Pink Tourmaline and Green Amethyst Drop Earrings” (which were originally £8,900 but are currently discounted to £5,340). These actually aren’t brand new, Kate wore them to the private Royal Foundation dinner last November. I wanted diamonds, but instead I got overpriced Kikis. Sad.
Kate paired the Kikis with a green lace Temperley London gown. The gown is very similar to Kate’s beloved Temperley Amoret gown, but with a different neckline and color. Back in April 2016, Kate was spotted driving to Windsor in what appeared to be a new green lace dress, and it seems this is the same gown. So while both the gown and the earrings are new-to-us, she’s had them both for a while.
Kate’s accessories are also repeats: Jimmy Choo Dart Sandals previously worn in Malaysia in 2012, and Wilbur and Gussie Charlie Gold Glitter Clutch she’s had since 2011.
Like I said, I was hoping for some really nice jewels and I didn’t get them, so that’s sad. The gown is fine. I actually do like the color and think it works well on Kate, and I think the silhouette works for her, but I’m so sick of the All Lace Dress Club. So many of the royals do it, and it’s just boring. I also dislike the high neckline. I’m not a fan of high necklines in general, but coupled with the hair down it just looks like she’s being strangled. But I do love the clutch.
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On to the event. Kate attended the National Portrait Gallery‘s Portrait Gala, which is a fundraising dinner to help raise funds for the Gallery – the current project is ‘Coming Home’, a project that will return iconic portraits to relevant locations across the UK for a loan period of over three years.
Kate viewed two exhibitions: Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends; and Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask. She was greeted by Ishbel Myerscough and Philip Treacy, and artist Gillian Wearing. Kate attended a reception before attending the gala dinner.
While meeting the guests, Kate spoke to two parents whose child is also attending Thomas’s Battersea like George.
“She was introduced to Richard Found, who runs an architecture and design practice, and his wife Jane Suitor, an art consultant and collector, who revealed that their child was also at Thomas’s School in Battersea, where her son will be starting in September.
“They told the Duchess it was a ‘great school’ and she said she hoped to see them at the school gates. ‘We were chatting about Thomas’, the school George will be going to,’ said Mr Found afterwards. ‘We’re parents there as well. She just said ‘I may see you at the school gates’.'”
KP announced two new engagements for Kate:
On April 4, Kate will attend the opening night of 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in aid of EACH.
On May 11, Kate will visit Luxembourg and attend the commemoration of the 1867 Treaty of London.
Other celebrities and such attended the Portrait Gala also. I’ve got to say, having looked at the fashion from the other ladies in attendance, Kate’s gown doesn’t look half bad.
Donna Air – James Middleton’s girlfriend.
The Earl and Countess Spencer.
Sophie Agnew stepped in to fill the void left by Rebecca Deacon who just got married last weekend.