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Kate Middleton glams up in a sparkly Needle & Thread gown at Buckingham Palace

The Duchess dazzles in her latest outfit...

Laura Sutcliffe

On Monday evening, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off their week in style at a fabulous royal event, which took place at Buckingham Palace. Kate and William accompanied The Earl and Countess of Wessex and The Princess Royal, where they hosted a reception on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. There was no doubt about it, Kate totally stole the show in a sparkly red dress by Needle & Thread which is priced at £410. The gorgeous number has sheer sleeves and is adorned with silver sequins, plus it has a flattering A-line silhouette. Looking as radiant as ever, the 38-year-old wore her hair down in bouncy waves and accessorised with co-ordinating red heels and a red box clutch bag and stunning earrings by Soru. 

Watch the royals arrive at Buckingham Palace

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Kate Middleton looked gorgeous in a sparkly Needle & Thread dress on Monday night

The event was quite the soiree! It was focused on Heads of State and Government, their spouses and partners, delegates, members of UK government, and UK and African business figures to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.

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The Aurora Gown in Cherry Red, £410, Needle & Thread

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The Summit demonstrated the strength of the relationship between the UK and Africa, and showcased and promoted the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa, as well as highlighting the UK's commitment to supporting economic development in Africa, including through the creation of jobs and new partnerships.

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Kate welcomed guests at the Buckingham Palace reception

The royal pair formally received the Heads of State and Government and their partners and later posed for a group photograph with Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, and The Princess Royal.

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Ruby earrings, gold, £140, Soru

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The royals then joined a reception in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace and William made a short speech.

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We last saw Kate in Bradford on Wednesday, where the mother-of-three wore a fabulous Alexander Mcqueen coat, a pair of high heels and a stunning, pussybow dress from Zara. The floaty design was elegant, ladylike, and emblazoned with a retro houndstooth print. The frock was originally £89.99, and incredibly went down to just £15.99 in the brand's January sale. 

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