Wednesday 24 January 2018

Kate Middleton sparkles from head to toe in princess worthy ensemble at Buckingham Palace

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) attends a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 at Buckingham Palace in London on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yui MokYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) attends a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 at Buckingham Palace in London on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yui MokYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attend a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 at Buckingham Palace in London on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yui MokYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 on February 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The shoes of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2R) are seen during a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 at Buckingham Palace in London on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yui MokYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 on February 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 on February 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look at a shawl given to Queen Elizabeth II by Mahatma Gandhi at a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 on February 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton went full princess in a sparkling ensemble for a reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for head-to-toe sparkle in a metallic dress by Erdem as she joined husband Prince William and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at an evening in recognition of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and to launch the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.

The mother-of-two finished off her Oscar-worthy look with a pair of glittering Oscar de la Renta heels. She paid homage to the Asian guests by wearing a pair of earrings by Indian designer Anita Dongre, while the Queen was dressed in a purple Stewart Parvin dress and jacket.

Mark Flanagan, head chef at Buckingham Palace's kitchens, and Uday Salunkhe, executive chef at Veeraswamy, said to be the UK's oldest Indian restaurant, led their respective teams as they spent six weeks devising the menu.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 on February 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 on February 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Raj puri - fried unleavened bread with yoghurt herbs - and boondi chocolate rock, fried chickpea flour kernels covered in chocolate, were some of the bite-sized dishes served alongside salmon blinis and rhubarb and creme brulee tartlets.

Guests included former India cricket captain Kapil Dev, musician Anoushka Shankar - daughter of legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar - and her husband film director Joe Wright, and former EastEnders actress Nina Wadia.

The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar has been left "overwhelmed" by the reception celebrating Anglo-Indian culture.

Nayyar, who plays Raj in the popular American sitcom, was joined by wife Neha Kapur. He said: "What a dream, we were driving through the gates, I've never been here and it's really a dream come true for us.

The shoes of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2R) are seen during a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 at Buckingham Palace in London on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yui MokYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
The shoes of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2R) are seen during a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 at Buckingham Palace in London on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yui MokYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images

"I don't know what to think, I'm a little overwhelmed."

Speaking about the event, which celebrated Asian and British talent, he replied: "Well you know I was born in Hounslow so I'm a British kid, grew up my whole life in New Delhi in India then moved to America and ended up on this TV show and my dreams came true, so it's really come full circle to be invited by the Queen to be part of UK-India culture here."

Additional reporting by Press Association

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 on February 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 on February 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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