With just days away from embarking on her trip to India and Bhutan, Kate Middleton is already giving royal watchers a peek at her royal tour wardrobe. The Duchess of Cambridge stunned in an Indian designer frock as she stepped out on Wednesday with her husband Prince William to attend a pre-tour reception held at Kensington Palace.
Prince George's mom chatted with guests wearing a floor-length navy dress by Indian designer Saloni. Kate's choice of attire is a nod to her upcoming host country. The British royals will be jetting off on their tour beginning April 10, marking the first time either of them has visited the countries.
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The stylish mom-of-two's dress, named the Mary Illusion Dot Dress, is an elegant frock that feature dots all-over, in addition to a high ruffled neck, long sleeves, a waist band and cut-out detailing at the back. The stunning piece, which creates the illusion of a plunging neckline, retails for around $1,000 and will be available to pre-order soon.
The 34-year-old wore her enviable brunette locks down, while her husband looked sharp in a navy suit and a light blue tie.
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During the evening, Kate and William were introduced to various Indian and Bhutanese individuals. Model Neelam Gill, whose family is originally from the Punjab, said: "For my generation [William and Kate] have always seemed cool and approachable and I felt they were just that in person. "It was really sweet seeing them as a couple."
She added: " She told me that she loved Indian food so I told her that she'd be fine with the spices. But William told me that he struggles with the spices so I told him to watch out. I told them to visit Rajasthan maybe another time because it's really romantic."
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The pair also mingled with representatives from the Asian chapter of Prince Charles' charity, The Prince's Trust. The charity is said to be organizing a special Bollywood night for Will and Kate to enjoy on their first night in Mumbai on Sunday. Attendees from the April 6 event also included Indian and Bhutanese students who are studying and working in the U.K., as well as Indian entrepreneurs.
Kate's dress marks the second time she has worn a piece by Saloni, a label which has long been championed by her cousin-in-law, Princess Beatrice. The first occasion was during the annual Fostering Excellence Awards where she wore a crinkle-effect dress in cobalt blue.
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Wednesday's event was announced back in March by Kensington Palace on Twitter. The account tweeted, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception on 6 April to meet young people from #India and #Bhutan."
"The event will allow TRH the chance to learn more about the two countries ahead of their upcoming tour #RoyalVisitIndia #RoyalVisitBhutan."