The Duchess of Cambridge showcased the best of British fashion with her elegant choice of clothing at tonight’s Earthshot reception at Cop26.
The 39-year-old stepped out in a coat dress from London-based brand Eponine and coordinated naval accessories from LK Bennett when she joined Prince William, also 39, at Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow.
Although the dress is from the brand’s SS20 collection and Kate often wears Eponine, it is believed to be the first time she has been photographed with this look.
She completed her outfit with the addition of her favorite £425 heels from fellow British designer Rupert Sanderson.
The royal has been spotted at the ‘Malory’ pumps on at least a dozen occasions, including at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey and dining with the Obamas at Kensington Palace in 2016.
The Duchess of Cambridge proved she scrubbed herself well tonight when she swapped her muddy outdoor outfit for a dazzling evening gown to attend tonight’s Earthshot reception at Cop26 in Glasgow
Kate (pictured) opted for a tailored dress from British brand Eponine, believed to cost around £2,4000, paired with her favorite £425 Rupert Sanderson heels
The 39-year-old’s elegant choice of clothes was a perfect complement to Prince William’s neat navy suit. Pictured: Duchess of Cambridge offers Will. a bowl of dead larvae
Known for causing a frenzy in stores with her fashion choices, Kate donned a special Eponine item.
Created in a double wool crepe fabric, the price is available on request, but comparable dresses cost around £2,400.
She put her shiny dark brown hair in a low bun so that you could fully see the sharp fit of the couture dress and the double knot details.
The Duchess of Cambridge also wore silver earrings for understated glamour, alongside Prince William, who looked smart in a matching navy blue suit and white shirt.
Fashion stylist Rochelle White spoke to Femail about Kate’s outfit choice at the event, saying: ‘Kate is wearing a dress she hasn’t worn before, it’s a simple and striking color. The dress is thought to have been custom made for her from Eponines.
Kate (pictured center, with guests) accessorized her look with silver earrings and a navy blue suede clutch from LK Bennett
Fashion stylist Rochelle White explained that Kate probably made her outfit choice with the idea of not drawing attention to herself. In the photo: Royal couple talking to guests during the event
Kate opted for understated glamor with a subtle pink blush on her cheeks and a nude lipstick that looks almost natural
“Her dress compliments Williams’ suit and color and she chose to wear her hair up and add elegant, simple jewelry as an accessory.
“I feel like Kate chose this look so that the focus isn’t necessarily on her and her outfit, but more on the event. I think it’s a sublet dress, but the color makes it stand out and adds to the look.”
Tonight’s ceremony was hosted by Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Boris Johnson, as well as key members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative and the winners and finalists of the first Earthshot Prize Awards.
Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, 74, also opted for a shade of blue when she attended the event in a teal dress. Pictured: Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Camila and Prince Charles
Kate (pictured center) appeared in good spirits as she participated in discussions with key members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative and the winners and finalists of the first Earthshot award
Kate’s Rupert Sanderson heels were on display as she climbed the stairs with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince William
Camilla, 74, also went for a shade of blue teal Bruce Oldfield with buttons recycled from another outfit.
William and Kate’s appearance comes just hours after the royal couple, both 39, visited Alexandra Park Sports Hub in Dennistoun to meet scouts and learn more about the group’s #PromiseToThePlanet campaign.
The event marks the couple’s first engagement since they arrived in the Scottish city for the COP26 conference, which has brought together world leaders to discuss urgent action on climate change.
The Queen’s decision not to attend Cop26 will be a blow to organizers. Few people on the world stage command the same respect and authority as the British monarch.
Kate (pictured centre) welcomed the guests as they arrived at the Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow
With the head of state absent from the event, it is hoped no world leaders will use her absence as a reason not to attend the summit.
Earlier it was revealed that Xi Jinping – president of China, now the planet’s biggest polluter – is skipping the long-awaited conference.
The royal family will continue to be represented by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge – both of whom have strong reputations for environmental campaigning – as well as the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Senior royal aides said the Queen will work hard behind the scenes to make the summit a success.
She will be filming her video message at Windsor Castle later this week and has said she is “very eager for Cop26 to be a success and see meaningful action.”