A few days ago, on 16 November, it marked nine years since Prince William and Kate shared the news of their engagement with the public. And Kate included a special nod to that during their night out on Monday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out today for this year’s Royal Variety Performance at The London Palladium. Kate wowed in a black long-sleeve gown with a sheer, lacy design layered over the nude fabric.
The stunning gown even included a tribute to the couple’s wedding day in April 2011- it was by Alexander McQueen, the same fashion house who designed her wedding dress.
Kate’s iconic wedding gown also featured a lot of lace as the dress from last night. The lace appliqué on the skirt and bodice of the wedding dress was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. The dressmakers used the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Hand-cut lace flowers, including roses, thistle, daffodils, and shamrocks, were created individually and added onto ivory silk tulle.
Royal Variety performance is in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, formally known as The Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, of which The Queen is Patron.
The money raised from the show helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK, who need help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times.
Although a member of the royal family always makes an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance, a tradition since King George V and Queen Mary attended a first “royal performance in 1912, Prince William and Kate aren’t always the attendees.
Just last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the iconic event in the place of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.