Kate Middleton made a surprise appearance - and debuted a new style - at a photography event in London as she throws herself back into her royal duties after maternity leave.
Britain's Duchess of Cambridge returned to work earlier this month after six months off since welcoming her third child, Prince Louis, in April, and has put paid to any talk of her 'matronly' wardrobe. Her sister-in-law Meghan Markle's preference for a bateau neckline is well documented and it looks like Kate is taking tips from her preference of sleek tailoring and unfussy designs in a fitted tweed dress by Erdem, which she wore to open the new photography centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London last night.
She finished off her look with a pair of velvet Jimmy Choo heels (another Meghan staple) and crystal embellished hoop earrings. The mother-of-three's appearance was a surprise to royal watchers as she already had joined husband Prince William for an appearance marking World Mental Health Day on Tuesday.
Stylist Rochelle White told Femail that after some time away, Kate was injecting some new life into her wardrobe. "Kate's usual look is high or square necked items that are more classic in style and cut. Meghan has mixed up her style a little bit and I think Kate is taking some inspiration from that," she said.
The duchess was the guest of honour at the photography exhibition, which is showing 800,000 images across the new Photography Centre of the iconic British museum, of which she became a royal patron earlier this year.