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Kate Middleton surprises in bright dress for special Buckingham Palace appearance

Kate and William returned to Buckingham Palace for the first time since lockdown

Nichola Murphy

For her first palace event since lockdown, the Duchess of Cambridge ensured she wowed royal fans in a striking outfit that was sure to turn heads.

MORE: Prince Louis' adorable striped knit is a £10 John Lewis bargain

On Wednesday, Kate joined her husband Prince William at Buckingham Palace to meet the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and his wife, First Lady Оlena. 

Dressing for the cooler UK weather, Kate opted for a beautiful Emilia Wickstead midi dress in a bright blue colour, which featured a belted waist and V-neckline. She paired it with nude shoes and accessorised with a sapphire and diamond necklace and matching drop earrings, thought to be from Princess Diana

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Kate looked stunning in blue as she met the  President and First Lady of Ukraine 

The royal kept her beauty look natural, with dewy skin, long eyelashes and a nude lip, while her dark hair was styled in her classic bouncy blowdry. William, meanwhile, complemented his wife's elegant outfit in a dark suit.

Kate's gorgeous Emilia Wickstead dress is bespoke so is sadly unavailable to buy, but we've tracked down a similar style you can buy, as well as an affordable dupe from & Other Stories. 

The Duchess' latest appearance follows on from her visit to the University of Derby on Monday, where she heard about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

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The mother-of-three, 38, looked beautiful in a £119 cashmere sweater from Massimo Dutti, smart cigarette trousers from Joseph and £520 Gianvito Rossi black suede pumps. 

The Duchess completed her look with a chic new checked coat by Massimo Dutti – which was surprisingly still in stock! Knowing the Kate effect, all of the items that made up her sophisticated outfits on both Monday and Wednesday will soon be sold out, so time is of the essence if you want to replicate her style.

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Belted midi dress, was £120 now £45, & Other Stories

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Blue midi dress, was £1,475 now £442, Emilia Wickstead @ Matches Fashion

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Kate and William's three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis also gave fans a peek inside their autumn wardrobes recently during a video with Sir David Attenborough

The trio quizzed their idol about animals in the garden of Kensington Palace, and it was the first time we heard Louis speak in public – but we couldn't take our eyes off his sweet new jumper!

Louis, now two and a half, looked cute as a button in a striped white, blue and red jumper with buttons at the neckline. The nautical knit costs just £9.80 from John Lewis.

MORE: Kate Middleton wows in chic new coat as she makes stunning appearance

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