It’s been a rocky time for the royals of late as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially step down as senior members of the royal family.
But that didn’t stop Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Kate Middleton) from putting on the glitz at Prince William’s first solo reception at Buckingham Palace. AKA it’s back to business for the royals.
Kate wore a red sequin dress by Needle & Thread to the UK-Africa Investment Summit last night for the big event.
The Aurora gown, which retails for £410, features a high neckline, sheer beaded sleeves with a cinched in waist. Although it appears Kate, who is known for tailoring her outfits, is wearing a customised midi version of the dress.
It's a surprising choice for the Duchess, who usually saves statement pieces for state banquets or premieres. Who can forget that emerald Jenny Packham gown she worn on the royal tour of Pakistan?
Glam-wise, Kate went for her usual bouncy blowout, a smokey eye with her signature eye liner and a nude lip.
The mother of three accessorised the look with matching suede heels by Gianvito Rossi, a scarlet and gold Jenny Packham clutch and drop earrings from Kiki McDonough, not forgetting her famous diamond and sapphire engagement from her late mother-in-law Princess Diana.
But Kate wasn't the only royal in red, with Sophie, Countess of Wessex joining the couple in a scarlet round neck dress.
Even Prince William matched with a red tie, you gotta love a family that dresses together.
The Wessex's presence at the event is a clear sign of things to come for the royal family as Sophie, who usually is not one for the spotlight is front and centre alongside Kate.
Whether the couple will take a more senior role in the family is yet to be seen, but so far we're loving the matching outfits, so we say keep it coming!
Shop Kate's dress and similar styles below:
Aurora Ruffled Sequined Tulle Mini Dress
£350, Needle & Thread at Net-a-porter
Lazia Sequin Midi Dress
£275, LK Bennett at John Lewis
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