The Duchess of Cambridge looks polished in a white blazer dress

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Photo credit: Instagram/The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Photo credit: Instagram/The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge's latest public appearance was equal parts professional and elegant.

Yesterday, Kate met and mingled with the supporting partners of her 2020 "Hold Still" exhibition, a photography project featuring portraits of pandemic life across the UK. She wore what, at first glance, looked like a crisp white blazer and a white lace midi skirt, but was actually a one-piece dress, Self-Portrait's Cream Tailored Boucle and Chiffon Midi Dress. Her hair was pulled back into a relaxed ponytail, and she accessorised with white cherry earrings.

On their official Instagram account, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared images of themselves with representatives from the National Portrait Gallery, The Book Fairies UK, and other organisations. "Thank you to the brilliant partners who made Hold Still a reality!" they wrote. "It took a long time to bring everyone behind this incredible project together in person but tonight we finally managed it. The idea for #HoldStill2020 came right at the start of the pandemic, and aimed to bring people and communities together, using the amazing power of photography."

In May, the duchess published a photography book, Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, which features 100 portraits (selected from more than 31,000 reported submissions) capturing life amid the Covid-19 lockdown. "When we look back at the Covid-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced — the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers," she wrote in the introduction of the book. "But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal."

Kate's formal outing comes just a day after she enjoyed a mountain bike riding excursion in the Lake District in Cumbria. There, she commemorated the reopening of Royal Air Force Air Cadets' Windermere Adventure Training Centre and promoted outdoor activities for mental and physical health. Opting for a more casual ensemble, the duchess went with a simple brown tweed blazer, a beige sweater, and a pair of skinny jeans.

Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

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