Friday 20 April 2018

Back to business for Kate Middleton as she stuns in €1,700 dress after Pippa's wedding extravaganza

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to view the 'M&G Garden 2017' as she visits the RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 22, 2017 in London, England
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to view the 'M&G Garden 2017' as she visits the RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 22, 2017 in London, England
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gestures as she talks with Northern Irish designer Ian Price (unseen) at his garden 'Mind Trap' at the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 22, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), talks to an exhibitor as she visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 22, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C), talks with Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judge Mark Fane (R) as she arrives at the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 22, 2017
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), talks to an exhibitor as she visits the RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 22, 2017 in London, England
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) talks with exhibitors as she views a parterre at the Hillier garden display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 22, 2017 in London, England
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gestures as she talks with Northern Irish designer Ian Price (unseen) at his garden 'Mind Trap' the RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 22, 2017 in London, England
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, reacts after trying a tomato at the 'BBC Radio 2: Chris Evans Taste Garden' during her visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain May 22, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to view the 'M&G Garden 2017' as she visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain May 22, 2017
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reacts after trying a tomato at the 'BBC Radio 2: Chris Evans Taste Garden' during her visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 22, 2017 in London, England
The Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton arrives at St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire, for her wedding to her millionaire groom James Matthews at an event dubbed the society wedding of the year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Justin Tallis/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge, arrives with pageboys and flower girls for her sister Pippa Middleton's wedding at St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire, to millionaire groom James Matthews at an event dubbed the society wedding of the year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 20, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Pippa. Photo credit should read: Justin Tallis/PA Wire
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R), arrives with the pageboys and flower girls for the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool
The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter Princess Charlotte outside St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire, following the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.
The happy couple: Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C), talks with Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judge Mark Fane (R) as she arrives at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain on May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, reacts after trying a tomato at the 'BBC Radio 2: Chris Evans Taste Garden' during her visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 22, 2017
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

With the wedding of the year already just a weekend memory, it's back to business for Kate Middleton.

The Duchess of Cambridge returned to her royal duties on Monday for a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show, just one day after her younger sister Pippa's lavish wedding celebrations concluded.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, reacts after trying a tomato at the 'BBC Radio 2: Chris Evans Taste Garden' during her visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 22, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, reacts after trying a tomato at the 'BBC Radio 2: Chris Evans Taste Garden' during her visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 22, 2017

Kate (35), wearing a floral green midi dress by Rochas which has since sold out, looked fresh as ever as she met with featured exhibitors and members of the with Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), less than a day after Pippa's €1mwedding party wrapped in the early hours of Sunday morning.

While Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who were bridesmaid and pageboy on Saturday at the service, headed to bed early as expected, the 300 guests in attendance at the reception hosted at the Middleton family's €6m home in Bucklebury didn't wrap up proceedings until 4am.

She didn't play an official role, but it was clear Kate was acting maid of honour as she was by her sister's side on her big day and gave a subtle gift of support - reportedly sketching the picture of St. Mark's Church that appeared on the cover of the couple's service programmes.

Reverend Nick Wynne-Jones, who led proceedings, said it was a "lovely piece" and groom James gushed over his new sister-in-law's talents in his wedding speech “And to Pippa’s sister Kate, such ability – a beautiful drawing of St Mark’s church in the order of service."

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), talks to an exhibitor as she visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 22, 2017
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), talks to an exhibitor as she visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 22, 2017

As usual, the flower show was a rather royal affair with Kate's grandmother-in-law, Britain's Queen Elizabeth in attendance with her husband Prince Philip, as well as Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Meanwhile, Pippa and her new husband James Matthews are enjoying some downtime as they jetted off on their honeymoon on Monday to a tiny Hawaii island once owned by late Hollywood icon Marlon Brando.

Their destination was Tetiaroa, a tiny paradise atol thousands of miles south of Hawaii which was once a summer residence for the chiefs and kings of Tahiti.

The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter Princess Charlotte outside St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire, following the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.
The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter Princess Charlotte outside St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire, following the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.
The happy couple: Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews
The happy couple: Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews

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