Kate Middleton braves the cold to show off floaty dress by Irish designer Orla Kiely
Some dresses are just worth it.
Kate Middleton braved the freezing temperatures in London on Wednesday, minus a coat, displaying a floaty floral midi dress by Irish designer Orla Kiely. The Duchess of Cambridge proudly showed off her Leith X Orla Kiely Margaret Smock Bib Floral Print Dress, which retails for €550, and nude pumps.
The expectant royal was guest of honour at the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate a Victorian photography exhibit which she helped curate.
The Middletons have often championed Kiely, who hails from Dublin originally, including Kate's mother Carole and sister Pippa, and no one in the brand gets advance notice when anyone in the royal circle will be wearing it.
"We don't know in advance, so it is a case of 'oh, holy smoke.' It's lovely when anyone in the public eye wears something," Orla said last year.
"She [Kate Middleton] wears a dress beautifully.
"It's something that you don't take for granted at all, so at that time it was great. I thought she looked cool in it [the dress]."
Meanwhile, Kate, who is pregnant with her third child, seemed determined to attend last night's showcase as it touched on her love or art.
"This period in the history of photography has long interested me," she said.
"As a student at the University of St Andrews, I chose it as the subject of my undergraduate thesis and photographs of children in particular, which feature predominantly within the exhibition, are of real interest to me."