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Jenny Packham and Hobbs for Kate as She Presents at Place2Be's Wellbeing in School Awards

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tonight was the first ever Wellbeing in School Awards hosted by Place2Be. Kate didn't have far to travel, though, as she made her way from her private quarters at Apartment 1A to the magnificent State Apartments. 

The State Apartments underwent significant renovation just a few years ago and they are sumptuous. 

Historic Royal Palaces
The King's Staircase is museum-worthy, which is good, since that is essentially what the State Apartments are:

Kensington Palace Facebook
You may recall that shortly after giving birth to George, Kate attended another charity event in the State Apartments, when she was on hand to support the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala. She wore an inky blue Jenny Packham gown with black velvet and suede accessories. 

This evening, Kate arrived around 6:30pm, as anticipated, and chatted with guests and nominees. PA reporter Ryan Hooper commented that Kate's commitment was clear as she made a point of trying to speak to as many people as she could. 

Victoria Murphy from The Mirror tweeted throughout the evening, including this shot of the Benita Refson, Place2Be's Chief Executive, waiting for Kate at the head of the stairs, Kate's arrival, and a shot where the blue of the skirt is a little more apparent:

Via @QueenVicMirror
Place2Be helps children in primary and secondary schools with a host of social issues, including bullying, family neglect, bereavement and more. Obviously, these are all areas of keen interest to the Duchess. Many of her charities work in these areas of need. Kate has been patron of Place2Be since 2013, and you may recall that almost a year ago to the day, she visited a Place2Be Forum on emotional health and mental resilience in schools. At the forum, Kate attended seminars on cyber-bullying and the damage of sexting. She even stayed longer than scheduled to hear more information:

If I may take a slight detour--Kate was pitching-in for Place2Be before she became become an HRH. On September 17, 2008, Kate was the co-host of an 80's themed Day-Glo disco party that raised money for a children's hospital and Place2Be. Good memories... Guy Pelly, Beatrice and Dave, (I just realized how long THOSE two have been dating! When are we going to have an announcement?) Holly Branson, Pippa and more were all in attendance. It was a benefit night of laughter and fun.

This was after the couple had so publicly split in 2007, and the disco wasn't the only thing glowing that night.  Kate was obviously solidly slated to be Mrs. William was a matter of when, not if. The press knew, we knew, Kate knew...She was back to stay; the permanent, primary princess of the party. While some papers ran the pictures of her tumbles from her roller blades as a drawback for a future Queen, it showed what is still true today. Kate is easy-going and good-natured, and always willing to throw herself into events that highlight the causes close to her heart. We saw it in 2008, we see saw it tonight. 

Back to the present...

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was wearing the Invitation Emilia blouse, by Hobbs, and described on the website thus:
Sheer elegance sums up the stunning Emilia top from our Invitation range. Black textured crepe forms a figure-flattering shape and the embroidered polka dot design lends this a little alluring appeal, making it perfect for that special occasion. Team it with a pencil skirt for a retro feel.

Hobbs Invitation "Emilia" Blouse
Kate paired it with a deep, satin-sheened Jenny Packham skirt from what appears to be the Fall 2013 RTW, which incidentally is the same collection in which her ink blue gown appeared. This marks a first, I think. I can't think of a time Kate has worn a Jenny Packham skirt. 

Jenny Packham Fall 2013 RTW

(Interestingly, when Kate attended the Place2Be forum, she also mixed two designers with her skirt and top, that time Max Mara and Orla Kiely.) 

Clarence House Twitter Feed

Kate accessorized with her McQueen belt, Jimmy Choo heels (I believe) and Temple of Heaven girandole earrings from Cassandra Goad.  The belt is the only element that confuses me a little. It seems too substantial and clunky for evening wear. A more delicate suede band that complemented the polka dots would have made me a little happier, but in all in all it didn't detract much.

Cassandra Goad/Splash

The sweetheart neckline with the sheer paneling gave the look an evening appeal, while the polka dots added a festive quality. Kate does love polka dots. We have chatted about this before, but every time she wears them, I smile. Consciously or unconsciously, she obviously gravitates toward them. 


I love blue and black together. They are two colors you were always told not to mix, which makes it all the more fun when you do...successfully. Kate is very talented at putting the two together flawlessly. 

The skirt is a similar hue to the Jenny P evening gown, which if it is indeed the 2013 RTW, would make sense. Tonight is the same color combo she did with the Packham evening gown, just with a more casual vibe:

It is a win...I was prepping for an almost miss, but I shouldn't have doubted the Duchess. She was impeccably turned out and just radiant. I always love events where Kate interacts with children. She lights up and shines. It was a great night for the Kate, the kids, and Place2Be.

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