Kate Middleton is belle of the ball in royal blue gown with shoulder cut-outs
Published 09/06/2016 | 20:59
Kate Middleton looked radiant in royal blue tonight as she stepped out for a banquet at Kensington Palace.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked very much at ease in her Roland Mouret gown as she met guests at the London palace for a charity banquet.
Kate stepped out to celebrate SportsAid's 40th anniversary - she has been a patron of the charity since 2013.
The dress, which showed off her slim figure, is from the designer's Resort 2016 collection and is currently on sale for £1,255.
Tonight's event hosted by the Duchess is her first open air summer soiree at Kensington Palace.
Kate chatted to former Olympians and Paralympians supported by SportsAid and those hoping for medal glory with the organisation's support.
And later before a palace dinner which celebrated the 40th anniversary of SportsAid, she told the charity's supporters and donors she could not wait to cheer on the nation's athletes at the Rio Games.
"Some of you may know that I love sport. I love cheering on teams and athletes that I am passionate about.
"I love the physical challenge sport presents and the mental strength it gives us all. And I love the way it so often brings people together to work as part of a team.
"I suspect many of you in this room may feel the same. The brilliance of SportsAid is in really understanding just how much athletic competition gives to our country as a whole.
"By investing in young sporting talent, they ensure that there is a strong pipeline of inspirational heroes.
"These athletes then serve as motivators to everyone in the UK to get involved, get active, and embrace the power of sport to make us happier and healthier."
Kate added: "With little over 50 days to go until the Games begin in Rio; the next Olympiad is almost here. As we did in London in 2012, we will see a new generation of sporting stars emerge into the spotlight.
"We cannot wait to meet the next SportsAid champions - the next Chris Hoys and Katherine Graingers who will remind us all of the magic and the power of sport.
"So thank you all for supporting the incredible work of SportsAid. I am immensely proud to be their Patron and I can't wait to cheer on our team competing in Rio."