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When Prince Charles found himself unable to attend the In Kind Direct charity dinner last week, he asked William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to fill his royal shoes for the night. William was unable to do so, and no one expected Kate to perform a royal duty without him, especially not so soon after the royal wedding.
Robin Boles, In Kind Direct’s chief executive, asked royal reps. if another royal could take the the prince’s place. She was told it would be “highly unlikely.”
With the event in danger of being canceled, the Duchess took pity, and stepped into her first official, solo royal role: “Then I got the call saying the Prince had pulled out all the stops for us and his ‘darling daughter-in-law’ would attend,” said Boles.
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Boles told the London Evening Standard:”She was unbelievable. It was as if she had been doing this her whole life. She charmed every person in the room.I took her round and she spoke to everyone. She is as lovely as she is beautiful. She hadn’t known about In Kind Direct but she was already willing to be an advocate for our work.”
A St James’s Palace spokesman said: “The duchess very much enjoyed it and was pleased to be able to help out her father-in-law, who has been particularly supportive of her.”
The Duchess of Cambridge’s Outfit Breakdown
The gown: The Duchess wore a beautiful teal gown, whose designer it was difficult to identify.
As usual Kate pulled something old, but wonderful, out of her closet: The dress was an Amanda Wakeley piece, from the designer’s fall/winter 2006-2007 collection.
“The dress had Grecian lines, featuring brilliant rhinestones on the criss-cross straps, an empire waistline and godets in the skirt,” reports whatkatewore.com.
Photo Credit: AP / Amanda Wakely via what Kate wore.com
The shoes: Kate rewore her Jimmy Choo Ubai shoes, first seen at summer’s BAFTA gala in Los Angeles. The color? ‘champagne,’ $595 at Net-a-Porter or Jimmy Choo.
Photo via whatkatewore
The bracelet: The Duchess wore a DIAMOND FLOWER CLUSTER ART-DECO BRACELET, as seen on many previous occasions. These include the ‘BAFTA Brits to Watch’ event and Zara Phillips and Mike Tindals wedding.
Photo via hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com
According to Dianasjewels.net: “The central design is composed of flower clusters (a large diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds) alternating with baguette diamonds. On either side of the central portion is a line of round diamonds. This bracelet, with its baguette diamonds match the baguette diamonds on her diamond pendant earrings.”
'BAFTA Brits to Watch' event; Photo Credit: Fred Prouser / Reuters
'BAFTA Brits to Watch' event; Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images via Just Jared
Photo of Kate wearing bracelet at Zara Phillips wedding via dianasjewels.net
The diamond earrings Kate wore have also been spotted on a number of previous occassions, including at Zara Phillips wedding.
Kate at charity dinner. Photo Credit: Press Association via the Daily Mail
Kate at wedding of Zaraa Phillps; Photo Credit: Chris Jackson PT/Getty Images Europe