Friday 30 September 2016

Kate Middleton channels the 1980s in dotty thigh-slit dress on back-to-school visit

Published 16/09/2016 | 14:09

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves Steward's Academy on September 16, 2016 in Harlow, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves Steward's Academy on September 16, 2016 in Harlow, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton arrives at Steward's Academy on September 16, 2016 in Harlow, England. (Photo by WENN - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton leaves Steward's Academy on September 16, 2016 in Harlow, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton opted for a daring thigh-slit dress for her latest royal engagement.

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The Duchess opted for a blue, button-down, polka-dot dress from New York-based designer Altuzarra as she stepped out in Essex for a back-to-school royal visit.

Kate Middleton arrives at Steward's Academy on September 16, 2016 in Harlow, England. (Photo by WENN - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton arrives at Steward's Academy on September 16, 2016 in Harlow, England. (Photo by WENN - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The demure silhouette, 1980s-style print and thigh-split works perfectly complemented the season; a sophisticated and cheerful, end-of-summer aesthetic.

She paired the dress with a pair of nude heels and a matching clutch bag, keeping her jewellery simple with a silver necklace and drop diamond earrings.

Kate Middleton arrives at Steward's Academy on September 16, 2016 in Harlow, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton arrives at Steward's Academy on September 16, 2016 in Harlow, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Whatever Kate wears typically sells out in minutes and the Altuzarra 'Aimee' dress, which retails at £1,412 (€1662), has already sold out of Matches Fashion and MyTheresa, according to the Telegrah.

The 34-year-old was promoting the Heads Together mental health campaign and visited a secondary school to see how young people are coping with modern pressures.

On Thursday, Kate had breach of privacy complaints upheld by the press standards watchdog in the UK after she objected to online stories about herself and Prince George.

Kate complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) after two websites published similar articles with a photograph in May, showing George sitting on a police motorbike at Kensington Palace.

Kate Middleton leaves Steward's Academy on September 16, 2016 in Harlow, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton leaves Steward's Academy on September 16, 2016 in Harlow, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Ipso’s complaints committee outlined the objections to the photograph in its ruling, which said: “The complainants’ representatives said the photograph had been taken in circumstances in which the Duchess of Cambridge and her … son had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

“They were engaged in a private activity, the images had been taken while they were on private, protected land, where commercial photography is prohibited, and no permission for the images to be taken or published had been sought or obtained.”

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