Thursday 8 December 2016

Kate Middleton recycles glittering Jenny Packham gown and jokes about her cooking skills at charity gala

Sasha Brady

Published 23/06/2016 | 07:36

Kate Middleton greets guests attending a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire
Kate Middleton greets guests attending a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire
Kate Middleton in the Jenny Packham dress in 2011: Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
Kate Middleton in the Jenny Packham dress in 2011: Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
Kate Middleton and William are greeted by the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (left) as they attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire
Kate Middleton attends a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire
Kate and William attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire
Kate and William attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Kate Middleton has been known to recycle her favourite dresses and for good reason: her gowns are so stylish that they demand a repeat.

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Kate attended a gala dinner in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) on Wednesday and stunned onlookers in a glittering, blush gown from British designer Jenny Packham- something she's worn before.

Kate Middleton in the Jenny Packham dress in 2011: Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
Kate Middleton in the Jenny Packham dress in 2011: Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The dress made its first appearance when Kate attended a charity gala in 2011 London to support ARK (Absolute Return for Kids), one of her first official royal engagements following her wedding.

At the time, Kate paired the delicate dress with a Prada clutch bag, chandelier diamond earrings and a bracelet which was originally a choker belonging to Queen Mary.

Kate Middleton in the Jenny Packham dress in 2011: Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
Kate Middleton in the Jenny Packham dress in 2011: Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Six years (and two children) later, the Jenny Packham number still fits like a glove.

On Wednesday night, Kate was accompanied by William for the gala event, where an opulent five-course meal was created and cooked by five top chefs: Galton Blackiston, Sat Bains, Claude Bosi, Tom Kerridge and Mark Edwards, who all have Michelin stars.

Kate Middleton and William are greeted by the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (left) as they attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire
Kate Middleton and William are greeted by the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (left) as they attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

The 34-year-old joked that her husband was looking forward to a break from her cooking before they sat down for dinner.

"William has to put up with my cooking most of the time," Kate told the chefs, to which he replied: "It's the reason I'm so skinny."

Kate Middleton attends a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire
Kate Middleton attends a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge, who watched England's 0-0 draw with Slovakia for their Euro 2016 campaign, chatted about football with French chef Claude Bosi.

He spoke about his relief that England would face Iceland instead of Portugal in Nice on Monday.

Kate and William attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire
Kate and William attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

"We're playing Iceland now on Monday. We're quite happy about that because we didn't want Ronaldo coming into form," William, who is president of the FA, said.

The evening featured a performance by the charity's own Treehouse choir. There was also a speech from Charlotte Markham, whose family received care and support from EACH when her son Elliot died at just a few hours old. 

Kate and William attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire
Kate and William attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall in King's Lynn in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, which is raising funds to build and equip a new children's hospice for families in Norfolk. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

The gala, for some 80 invited guests, benefited the fund to build a new hospice for the charity.

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