Kate Middleton continues to dazzle with her impeccable fashion sense even after a year since she walked the aisle for the royal wedding.
During a reception at the Imperial War Museum in London on 26 April, 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge looked glamorous in a knee-length charcoal dress by Brit designer Amanda Wakeley.
Although the ensemble was simple, she accessorised it with a striking gold and black chain belt and a black purse style evening bag.
Grazia reported that she further accessorised the sleek look with Temple of Heaven 9ct yellow gold Girandole earrings by Cassandra Goad and a pair of black Jimmy Choo heels. She finished her look for the evening with an elaborate hairstyle wearing it partially up with a few curls cascading down her shoulders.
According to the popular WhatKateWore blog, the Amanda Wakeley dress came in three colours when originally released: oatmeal, black and gunmetal. "The garment is a "knee length fitted dress with three-fourth length sleeves and a slash neck," the blog mentions. It adds that it features seam detailing, and that originally the dress sold for 450 pounds, approximately $725 at today's exchange rates. Kate purchased the frocks at the Amanda Wakeley Store on London's Fulham Road, it says.
As per reports, the Duchess liked the dress from Amanda Wakeley's autumn 2011 range so much that she purchased all the three different shades.
The royal couple attended the event which was held to help launch the centenary campaign for the Museum's First World War Galleries.
Prince William is a patron of the IWM Foundation's First World War Centenary Campaign. At the event he gave a speech about the significance of the museum and how it reminds one of the many sacrifices that people had to make during the war.
"Every exhibit, every display, every tank, aircraft and medal in its case, speaks to us of sacrifice, of the facing down of evil, of freedom bought and preserved - for us - at unimaginable cost in human lives and suffering," STV quoted Prince William as saying. "It's a message of reflection and remembrance, but it is also one of pride. In the course of the 20th century our nation, with our stalwart friends and allies from the Commonwealth and elsewhere, safeguarded the freedom of the world."
Catch a glimpse of Kate Middleton during the Imperial War Museum reception::