Friday 22 June 2018

Kate Middleton braves the cold to show off floaty dress by Irish designer Orla Kiely

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs after visiting the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs after visiting the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs after visiting the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives in the snow for the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge seen leaving the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge arrives at National Portrait Gallery to visits the exhibition Victorian Giants, The Birth of Art Photography, in London, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after her visit to the exhibition, 'Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography' at the National Portrait Gallery in central London on Februaury 28, 2018, where she unveiled the Gallery's first Patron's Trail. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva in London, February 28, 2018 . REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery to unveil the Patron's Trail and visit the "Victorian Giants" exhibition
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery to unveil the Patron's Trail and visit the "Victorian Giants" exhibition
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the National Portrait Gallery after unveiling the Patron's Trail and visiting the "Victorian Giants" exhibition
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the National Portrait Gallery after unveiling the Patron's Trail and visiting the "Victorian Giants" exhibition
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva in London, February 28, 2018 . REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva in London, February 28, 2018 . REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool
Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum on February 28, 2018 in London. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonCHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Britain's Prince Harry, his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum on February 28, 2018 in London. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonCHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Meghan Markle (L), fiancee to Britains Prince Harry and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum on February 28, 2018 in London. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonCHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge seen leaving the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge seen leaving the 'Victorian Giants' exhibition at National Portrait Gallery on February 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall - Pool/Getty Images)

"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.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge arrives at National Portrait Gallery to visits the exhibition Victorian Giants, The Birth of Art Photography, in London, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge arrives at National Portrait Gallery to visits the exhibition Victorian Giants, The Birth of Art Photography, in London, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

"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."

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery to unveil the Patron's Trail and visit the
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery to unveil the Patron's Trail and visit the "Victorian Giants" exhibition
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva in London, February 28, 2018 . REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva in London, February 28, 2018 . REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool

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