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Fashion News - "Pregnant Kate Middleton glows in Hobbs and Jenny Packham at charity event"
THE Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles as she arrived at Kensington Palace for the Place2Be Awards in a silk navy A-line skirt, and sheer polka dot top.
With glossy flowing locks and natural make-up the Duchess mixed things up by pairing an off-the-rack top from Hobbs with a designer skirt by Jenny Packham. The expectant mum covered up her tiny tum with the sheer black ‘Emilia’ top from its Invitation line of occasionwear.
The elegant shirt featured a textured crepe overlay and curve-enhancing cut with a polka dot design and subtle peplum waist detail. And although this exact top is no longer available, Hobbs have a similar shirt for those wanting to copy Kate's style.
The Duchess paired the flattering top with a new piece by Jenny Packham - a full navy blue skirt in what appears to be a silk satin weave. Kate paired the sumptuous outfit with a black leather Alexander McQueen waist belt.
She has worn the waist-cinching accessory before for a trip to Leicester in March 2012, as well as on a visit to Newcastle and Stockton in October 2012. It looks as if Kate was also wearing her favoured Jimmy Vikki platform pumps by Jimmy Choo, which she has donned on multiple occasions.
The occasion was the first annual Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards, held in the State Apartments at the Palace. Kate has been patron of the charity since April of 2013. Previous engagements on behalf of the organisation include a visit to Willows Primary School in April of last year, as well as attendance at a forum just about a year ago.
Place2Be offers mental health support for children in a school-based environment, boosting their social skills and confidence. “This is a wonderful, exciting opportunity to honour our young people and schools in such a wonderful setting," said Benita Refson, Place2Be Chief Executive.
"The Duchess’ total and utter belief in what we do and her commitment to children’s mental health is incredible.” In a foreword to the awards program Kate noted that Place2Be helps 90,000+ children cope with bullying, parental substance abuse, domestic violence, neglect and other issues.