The Duchess Of Cambridge Wows Guests At Official Reception At Kensington Palace

Duchess Of Cambridge Stuns In Breathtaking Gown By Indian Designer: $700 Dress Already Sold Out

The Duchess of Cambridge has stunned guests on the eve of her official trip to India and Bhutan. Kate looked fantastic in a daring blue gown with a plunging sheer neckline, as reported by The Telegraph.

The dress is by the Indian-born designer Saloni. It was worn by the Duchess at a reception on Wednesday where she and Prince William “met young natives from the two countries at Kensington Palace to learn more about the countries they’re about to visit.”

The Duchess of Cambridge is always thoughtful about what she wears and tries to dovetail her wardrobe with her itinerary. The Saloni brand was created by Indian designer Saloni Lodha but is based in London. The Duchess’ dress is “the blue ‘Mary Illusion Dot Dress,’ which has sheer sleeves, a high collar, and a nipped in waist. The dress is no longer in stock but was previously on sale for £498.”

That’s only around $700 – which isn’t much to pay to be in the company of royals – and the dress will be available online to buy again shortly. According to the Daily Mail, Kate’s royal seal of approval on the Saloni brand – one which she has worn before – virtually guarantees its place at the top of the most-wanted lists.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet youngsters from India and Bhutan at a reception at Kensington Palace [Photo by Warren Allott/AP Images]
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet youngsters from India and Bhutan at a reception at Kensington Palace [Photo by Warren Allott/AP Images]
The fabulous blue dress, which the Duchess wore, is from the designer’s pre-Fall 2016 collection. It has “a Victorian vibe to the style with long sheer polka dot bell sleeves and a high ruffle neck. And in a slightly daring look for Kate it features a sheer plunge neckline.”

The Duchess of Cambridge tries to dress simply and “diplomatically” when traveling on official royal business, yet still manages to look like she just stepped off a catwalk.

“She wore a dress by Canadian born designer Erdem Moralioglu to touch down in Montreal, a dress by Australian label Zimmermann whilst on Manley Beach, and on her three-day trip to New York in 2014 she wore two pieces by American designers, a Tory Burch coat and J. Crew jeans.”

It is expected that the Duchess will take around 12-15 outfits with her on the tour, which includes six days of official visits. The Telegraph notes that Kate and Prince William are going on a “six-hour trek to Tiger’s Nest monastery said to require peak physical fitness and hiking gear.”

With so much international attention paid to Kate’s wardrobe, it is important that the Duchess has the final say.

“[The Duchess] is in charge of it herself and takes an interest in paying tribute to the host country with nods to their culture and local style on at least a few of the engagements. The important factor on this tour is the heat, so that’s an issue that plays a big part in the choice of outfits.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave for their tour to India and Bhutan on April 10. They will tour “New Delhi, the Kaziranga National Park and Thimphu, capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and the Taj Mahal.”

William and Kate will reportedly recreate a famous portrait of Prince William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana was photographed sitting on a bench in front of the Taj Mahal in 1992, a few months before the official announcement of her separation from the Prince of Wales. The stone bench is now known as “Lady Di’s Chair.”

A rehearsal team of the Cambridge’s staff mapped out the royal couple’s route recently “so that she [the Duchess] has an idea of what outfits will and won’t work.”

Prince William complemented the Duchess of Cambridge at the reception with a “slim-fit navy suit with a sky-blue tie,” reports Us Magazine. Kate accessorized her outfit with “gold dangling earrings and blue suede shoes,” together with her “signature blowout.”

The Duchess of Cambridge will be leaving her children Prince George, 2, and Princess Charlotte, 11 months, behind in the UK during their visit to India and Bhutan.

[Photo by Warren Allott/AP Images]

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