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