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Prince William pokes fun at Kate's cooking skills during glamorous date night

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a glamorous appearance on Wednesday night, stepping out together for a special gala. The royals, who left their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at home, were guests of honour at the glittering do.

The night was held to support the East Anglia's Children's Hospices charity, of which Kate is patron. Titled A Taste of Norfolk, it marked the charity's recent appeal to raise funds for a new hospice, The Nook.

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Prince William and Kate stepped out to support the East Anglia's Children's Hospices charity

The Duchess courted all attention, wearing a pale pink sequin Jenny Packham gown. Fans were quick to recognise the dress - Kate debuted it in London in 2011. William, 34, was his wife's perfect partner, looking dapper in a smart tuxedo.

And it seems that William was particularly looking forward to the special night out, which featured a special five course meal prepared by five Michelin-starred chefs, as it meant a break from Kate's usual dinners.

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The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in a Jenny Packham gown

"William has to put up with my cooking most of the time," Kate, 34, told the chefs. "It's the reason I'm so skinny," joked William.

The exclusive event was hosted by David Cholmondeley, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley and his wife Sarah, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, at their country home Houghton Hall in Norfolk.

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Kate had previously worn the design in 2011

Joining fellow guests at the stunning location, William and Kate began their date night with a champagne reception. Musical entertainment was provided by the Jefford Brothers and Sam Aldersey-Williams, while 22-year-old magician Archie Manners also made an appearance.

Guests were later treated to a sumptuous five-course meal, cooked and created by five world renowned chefs: Galton Blackiston, Sat Bains, Claude Bosi, Tom Kerridge and Mark Edwards. middleton prince william gala/1/kate middleton2© Photo: Getty Images

Kate joked that Prince William has to put up with her cooking

After dinner, the invitees were treated to a performance from the charity's Treehouse Choir. Author and EACH ambassador Anthony Horowitz OBE, and host The Marquess of Cholmondeley, then delivered speeches.

Kate's association with EACH means a great deal to her. The mum-of-two has been royal patron of EACH since January 2012, and her very first public speech in March that same year was for the opening of the Treehouse, a children's hospice opened by the charity.

Just a few months ago she stepped out on behalf of EACH to open a new shop in Holt, Norfolk, a short distance from Anmer Hall, the country home she shares with William, George and Charlotte.

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