By REBECCA ENGLISH
Kate the Great: The Duchess looked stunning in her simple grey dress as she appeared at the Imperial War Museum last night
Like any queen of fashion, Kate knows real style is all in the detail.
So when she arrived at a reception last night in the simplest of dresses, the Duchess of Cambridge made sure her accessories added that little bit of extra sparkle. She looked stunning in a £450 Amanda Wakeley panelled charcoal dress, which showed off her slim figure.
Then she added a little pizazz with a striking gold belt and a £500 pair of black Prada stilettos, the height of elegance. But Kate wasn’t finished yet. With such a simple dress, a girl can afford to pull out the stops with an elaborate hairstyle.
The duchess decided on a half up-do, with some curls twirled into a loose bun, and the rest cascading down her shoulders.
She also carried a black purse-style evening bag and wore dangling gold earrings.
Curls and twirls: Kate's elegant do-up, left, and, right, she carries a stylish clutch purse
It's a cinch: The dazzling Duchess' gold and black chain belt, left, and right, she stands with Prince William at the Imperial War Museum last night
Doting dad: Prince William holds a three-week-old Hugo Eric Scott Vicary during a reception to celebrate the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole at Goldsmiths Hall in the City of London
Kate liked her dress so much, from Amanda Wakeley’s autumn 2011 range, that she bought it in three different colours.
She and William were the star guests at a fund-raising reception at the Imperial War Museum in London last night.
It had been a busy day for the couple who had been carrying out engagements across the capital.
Earlier Kate and William had enjoyed a spot of baby cuddling duty as they met soldiers at a reception.
Isn't he lovely: Kate falls under Hugo's so spell as she talks to his proud father Vic Vicary yesterday
Nestled in William’s arms, the newborn boy looked perfectly comfortable. More importantly, so did William.
The prince, 29, cuddled three-week-old baby Hugo as he and his wife met a remarkable group of British soldiers. Kate, too, cooed over the baby, the son of a soldier who had joined a recreation of the Scott-Amundsen race to the South Pole to mark the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated expedition this year.
Kate the Great: The Duchess is shown paintings of two of Lord Rothermere's Great Uncle's who were killed during the First World War
Fundraiser: The Duke and Duchess are shown round the Imperial War Museum in London last night
Doting husband: As their first wedding anniversary approaches, Prince William gently puts his arm round his wife Kate last night
Admiring look: The Duchess of Cambridge with a portrait of a relative of Lord Rothermere
Vic Vicary, a member of the Scott Team, said his son’s full name – Hugo Eric Scott – was a tribute to Captain Scott as well Mr Vicary’s father who died in March.
‘The duke liked the name. He thought it was very apt.
‘My wife asked if he would like to hold him and he took hold of him,’ said Mr Vicary, 41, from Cornwall, a Warrant Officer Second Class with The Rifles.
He said William was a ‘natural’ with children. And Kate also seemed to fall under his spell.
‘Kate said the baby was “very cute” and had doting eyes on him,’ Mr Vicary said.
EARLIER: Kate wore an indigo tweed Rebecca Taylor suit for her visit to Goldsmiths' Hall yesterday
Dazzling: Earlier Kate had worn an indigo tweed Rebecca Taylor suit for her visit to Goldsmiths' Hall