The Duchess of Cambridge wows in glittering gown for Buckingham Palace reception

Francesca Rice
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The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a stunning gown on Monday (9 March) evening, as she hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace in honour of the charity Place2Be.

The event marked the 25th anniversary of the children's charity, for which Kate has been royal patron since 2013.

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The Duchess looked radiant in a glittering purple dress by designer Jenny Packham, which she has worn previously. The long-sleeved dress boasts an embellished top with a flowing, maxi-length chiffon skirt.

Kate completed her look with a co-ordinating clutch bag, and wore her dark hair down in an elegant, wavy blow dry.

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During the evening, Kate greeted two school choirs who were performing, and met with supporters of Place2Be, which provides mental health counselling support and training to schools to help improve the wellbeing of pupils.

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This was the second event the Duchess attended on Monday. Earlier that afternoon, Kate stepped out alongside Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other senior royals, including the Queen, for the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

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Kate also chose to recycle an outfit for the service, wearing a red Catherine Walker coat dress with a co-ordinating fascinator hat.

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