Duchess Kate dazzles for Britain on red carpet
Posted July 30, 2012
Fresh from watching cousin-in-law Zara Phillips compete at the Olympics, Duchess Kate turned dazzling for an evening appearance in London that overshadowed even the British prime minister.
As trumpets blared, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge arrived solo at the Royal Academy of Arts red carpet Monday evening to mingle with 800 people from the British music, film, arts and entertainment industries at an event connected to the London Olympics.
Earlier in the day, while watching the equestrian cross-country competition with husband Prince William and a posse of other young royals, Kate was casual in blazer, skinny pants and high wedges. But she went home and changed into a dove gray dress by Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic, which she wore during her tour of North America last year. Her long hair was swept back and off the neck in a classic-turned-trendy-again chignon, which nicely set off her dangling blue topaz-and-diamond earrings, according to WhatKateWore.com. She wore suede taupe pumps from a favorite retailer, LK Bennett.
Prime Minister David Cameron was there to greet her but hardly anyone was looking at him, judging from the camera flashes. Other guests included fashion designer Stella McCartney, film director Terry Gilliam, model Lily Cole and singers Katy B and Roger Daltrey, according to the Associated Press.
The event is part of Cameron's effort to use the Olympic and Paralympic Games to showcase Britain's influence in the arts and entertainment.
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