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Duchess Kate dons shimmery blue Jenny Packham gown for formal dinner in Paris

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Chloe Best
Chloe BestLifestyle Features Editor
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the guests of honour at a black tie dinner hosted at the British Embassy in Paris on Friday evening. Kate looked stunning as ever for the occasion, wearing a floor-length Jenny Packham gown that stole the show thanks to its shimmery finish. The Duchess accessorized the look with chandelier earrings on loan from the Queen and Oscar de la Renta pumps. Her hair was elegantly styled half-up-half-down and she maintained her signature minimalist make-up look. Meanwhile her husband William looked smart in a black suit.


Kate stole the show in a shimmery Jenny Packham gown

William and Kate appeared in good spirits as they mingled with fellow guests including Kristin Scott-Thomas, Audrey Tatou and Robert Pires, just hours after they arrived in the French capital. The royal couple had already carried out two formal engagements in Paris, including attending a reception to mark the launch of "Les Voisins", a celebration of UK-French links, also hosted at the British Embassy Paris. For that occasion Kate donned a black lace Alexander McQueen dress. The mother of two accessorized the eye-catching midi-gown with a pair of Balenciaga pearl earrings, which she first wore at Trooping the Colour in 2016.


The royal couple were guests of honour at a black-tie dinner held at the British Embassy

The Duke and Duchess are on a two-day visit to Paris, marking William's first official visit to the French capital in his capacity as a senior royal. And it is sure to be a poignant visit for the future King, as it comes ahead of the 20th anniversary of the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris in August 1997.


Kata accessoried her gown with earrings on loan from the Queen

HELLO!'s royal correspondent Emily Nash said of the trip: "Although William has visited Paris several times since the death of his mother, this is his first official trip there on behalf of the Government. While his and Kate's visit is very much about boosting UK-French relations, it will also be a poignant one, coming in Diana's 20th anniversary year."

William and Kate will not be carrying out engagements linked to the late People's Princess, but they will be guests of honour at the British Ambassador's Residence, much like Diana and Prince Charles were in 1988. Emily added: "Although they won't visit any sites linked to her death, they will be following in Princess Diana's footsteps at Friday night's dinner at the British Ambassador's Residence, where she and Prince Charles were guests on a royal visit to Paris in November 1988."

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