She gave Goldfinger’s Honor Blackman a run for her money at the James Bond premiere in top – to – toe Jenny Packham sequins, but the Duchess of Gambridge was firmly in back – to – work made for a visit to UCL’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies on 5 October, where she met with researchers to discuss one of the subjects closest to her heart, early years education.
Setting aside her red-carpet sparkle, Kate reached instead for an old favourite from the high street, a belted Zara midi dress in a hounds tooth print she previously wore on a visit to Breadfore in 2020. Famously a fan of a smart shirt dress for daytime engagement (pieces by Alessandra Rich and Emilia Wichstead from the foundation of her public – facing wardrobe), the pussy – bow detail on the black and white dress also doubtless caught the royal’s eye.
Kate clearly enjoys a playful neck detail: she invested in Gucci’s purple pussy – bow blouse back in 2019, and relied on contrasting collars to liven up her Zoom wardrobe during lockdown. The Duchess experimented with an elaborate updo to join Daniel Craig, Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas on the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall, but returned to her signature bouncy blow dry to discuss the importance of children’s education with the team of researchers.
The outing also comes hot on the heels of the sporty royal’s showdown on the court against tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, at a homecoming celebration for Britain’s US Open champions. Kate dug out her tennis kit for a friendly game against the newly anointed Tiffany & Co. ambassador, who praised the Duchess’s forehand. Kate, just like her wardrobe, is nothing if not versatile.