Duchess of Cambridge in stunning Red Preen Finella for Royal Foundation Dinner

Duke and Duchess attended Royal Foundation Dinner
Duke and Duchess attended Royal Foundation Dinner
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William and Catherine had a busy week. On Wednesday, after their visit to BBC, in the evening, the royal couple attended the Royal Foundation Dinner at the Bloomsbury Ballroom situated in Victoria House. The dinner is held every year to celebrate the successful year of the foundation with the Staff and representatives of the organisations working with the Royal Foundation.

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The Royal Foundation

Usually, the dinner is always a private event only announced in court circular and we never got any picture. The royal foundation is the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The main focus of the foundation is mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people, and the armed forces community.

Duke and Duchess attended Royal Foundation Dinner
Bloomsbury Ballroom

The venue of the dinner Victoria House is a beautiful  Grade II-listed neoclassical building, situated on Bloomsbury Square in London. Victoria House was constructed in the 1920s, built for, and for many decades occupied by the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society.

Duke and Duchess attended Royal Foundation Dinner
Victoria House

The building was extensively remodelled in 2003 to create 300,000 square feet of office, retail and leisure space including an original art deco ballroom, the Bloomsbury Ballroom function venue. The gardens are open to the public.

Duke and Duchess attended Royal Foundation Dinner

This year we received few thanks to the Singer Tom Walker. Tom Walker performed a song at the dinner with Robyn Hughes-Jones. He shared a few photographs of the night on his social media.

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Tweeting the pictures Tom Walker said, “I had the absolute honour of performing for and meeting The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge & The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the annual Royal Foundation Dinner.”

Duke and Duchess attended Royal Foundation Dinner
Tom Walker Twitter

In one Picture Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with Tom Walker and host of the evening Anita Rani. Anita wrote on her Instagram, “Such an honour to be asked to host the annual Royal Foundation dinner last night.”  While in the other Tom is talking to Prince William.

Duke and Duchess attended Royal Foundation Dinner
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For the night, Duchess of Cambridge Catherine one again chose to repeat one of her familiar looks. She wore red Finella Satin Midi Dress by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi that we first time saw at a reception held at Government House during Canada Tour in 2016.

Duke and Duchess attended Royal Foundation Dinner
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Catherine again brought back the dress private reception in 2017. Duchess seems to love the dress as she also owns it in black that she wore at Place2Be Awards in 2016.

Duke and Duchess attended Royal Foundation Dinner
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The dress is from label’s Pre- Autumn/Winter 2016 collection and is inspired by the late Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, an English writer, memoirist and socialite. Deborah was the youngest and last surviving of the six Mitford sisters, who were prominent members of English society in the 1930s and 1940s. The Finella dress was described as “oozing a grandeur that she would approve of”.

Finella Satin Midi Dress by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Finella Satin Midi Dress by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Crafted from heavyweight satin, the beautiful £1000 dress features a  striking asymmetric neckline framing the shoulders elegantly, a slightly pleated wrapped bodice, a voluminous box-pleated skirt. The dress originally retailed in red and black colours, and now available in teal colour at the Outnet for £407.

Finella Satin Midi Dress by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Catherine was seen carrying her Jenny Packham Casa Clutch that was seen during Poland tour last year.

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Duchess finished her look with a stunning pair of statement earrings that still unidentified.

Duke and Duchess attended Royal Foundation Dinner
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This was Catherine’s fifth repeated outfit in November during an engagement.

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Thursday was a very special day, as it marked 8 yrs since the engagement announcement of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise visit to BBCOne

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited BBCOne

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Today, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a surprise visit to BBC, to view the work the broadcaster is doing as a key member of The Duke’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying and to mark the Anti-Bullying week on Stop Speak Support day.

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The surprised visit came after a day full of engagements in South Yorkshire and a royal birthday dinner at Buckingham Palace yesterday and today Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were again back to the job royal job.

 

The unannounced visit marked the Heads Together’s Anti-Bullying week and Stop Speak Support day . Heads Together is the joint patronage of Prince William, Catherine and Prince Harry under the umbrella of Royal Foundation.

Stop Speak Support
Stop Speak Support

The “Stop, Speak, Support” campaign was a result of a cyberbullying Taskforce,  convened by The Duke of Cambridge in April 2016 bringing the tech industry together chaired by Brent Hoberman CBE, to develop ways to tackle the issue of cyberbullying. The campaign aims to help young people spot cyberbullying and learn how they can stop it happening. Learn more about the Taskforce here.

This year’s Anti-bullying theme is – Choose Respect. After consulting with 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, the outcome was that the bullying is a behaviour choice. Children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, homes, communities, and online. The aim of this week’s Anti-bullying campagin is to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and professionals who work with children to understand the definition of respect, that bullying is a behaviour choice.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited BBCOne
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The royal couple met with young people who worked on the new campaign video for “Stop, Speak, Support”- a youth-led code of conduct to provide guidance to 11-16 year olds on what to do when they witness bullying online. William announced the new code of conduct last year. Learn more about “Stop, Speak, Support” here.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited BBCOne
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Ellie, Eliza and Cameron from Wormholt Park Primary School for a discussion on the upcoming Kids Online Wellbeing app. The Wellbeing app- a part of BBC’s commitment to supporting young people in changing media environment of present time, will provide youngsters with a tool to take their first steps online and on social media towards a healthy experience in the digital world. The app will b launched in early 2019.

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William and Catherine with young children at BBC.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited BBCOne
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Today while speaking at the the BBC on Social Media and Cyberbullying, The Duke of Cambridge said,

We have to acknowledge that much of the early optimism and hope of social media is giving way to very real concern, and even fear about its impact on our lives. We have seen that the technology that can allow you to develop an online community around a shared hobby or interest can also be used to organise violence. The new ways we have to access news from across the world are also allowing misinformation and conspiracy to pollute the public sphere. The tools that we use to congratulate each other on milestones and successes can also be used to normalise speech that is filled with bile and hate. The apps we use to make new friends, can also allow bullies to follow their targets even after they have left the classroom or the playing field.

When I worked as an Air Ambulance pilot or travelled around the country campaigning on mental health, I met families who had suffered the ultimate loss. For too many, social media and messaging was supercharging the age-old problem of bullying, leaving some children to take their own lives when they felt it was unescapable. I did not have the answers, but I did have the ability to invite the brightest leaders and researchers in social media to sit around the table together…and see what we might do together to make the online world safer.

I convened the Cyberbullying Taskforce not because I had any expertise in technology policy – I do not and I have never pretended to.

I convened the Taskforce because I was a new parent. And I saw that my friends and peers were seriously worried about the risks of the very powerful tools we were putting in our children’s hands. For too many families, phones and social media shattered the sanctity and protection of the home.

William choose some very passionate, strict yet polite words to bring the focus on the issue in his speech today ,

“I am worried that our technology companies still have a great deal to learn about the responsibilities that come with their significant power. I am very concerned though that on every challenge they face – fake news, extremism, polarisation, hate speech, trolling, mental health, privacy, and bullying – our tech leaders seem to be on the back foot.

Their self-image is so grounded in their positive power for good that they seem unable to engage in constructive discussion about the social problems they are creating. 

You can reject the false choice of profits over values. You can choose to do good and be successful. You can work in the interest of the children and parents who use your products and still make your shareholders happy.

You can watch Prince William’s Full Speech here and Read here.

A small video of the visit from Royal Family Channel.

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For the visit Duchess of Cambridge brought stunning Emilia Wickstead’s Alice dress back. She wore teal dress for the first time during New Zealand tour in 2014. Duchess wore the dress second time in 2015 during a visit to Action on Addiction.

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The £1200 wool-crepe dress was from label’s Autumn Winter 2013 collection and features square neckline, front concealed closure, stylish pleated skirt and full sleeves. Catherine also owns the same dress in pink.

Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ Black pumps
Gianvito Rossi’s ‘Gianvito 105’ Black pumps

Catherine paired the dress with Gianvito Rossi Suede pumps. She finished her look with Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings that she first wore at Wimbledon this year.

Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings
Asprey London Oak Leaf Small Hoop Earrings

 

Susan from WhatKateWore noted a new Watch or possibly a new watchband as the dial of this watch, on Catherine’s wrist, pretty much similar to her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch .

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Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in Pink ruffles and statement Jewels at Charles’ 70th Birthday Party

Tonight Queen Elizabeth hosted a dinner party at Buckingham Palace for family and friends to celebrate the 70th birthday of her eldest son and heir apparent, Charles, Prince of Wales. The dinner was attended by the extended royal family and many European royal family members.

Prince Charles Birthday Dinner at Buckingham Palace
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Among the guests were the Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, Queen Sofia of Spain. Norway Royal court released this picture of Norway Royals before dinner.

Prince Charles Birthday Dinner at Buckingham Palace
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Clarence House released a beautiful portrait of Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall taken by Chris Jackson in Buckingham Palace ahead of the dinner party.

Prince Charles Birthday Dinner at Buckingham Palace
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During the dinner, Queen Elizabeth paid a sweet tribute to her eldest son and raised a toast. “It is a privilege for any mother to be able to propose a toast to her son on his 70th birthday,” Her Majesty said.

Queen Elizabeth II with her baby Prince Charles in the grounds of Windlesham Moor, country home in Surrey
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“It means that you have lived long enough to see your child grow up. It is rather like —to use an analogy I am certain will find favour — planting a tree and being able to watch it grow. My mother saw me turn 70, of course. And she was heard to observe that 70 is exactly the age when the number of candles on your cake finally exceeds the amount of breath you have to blow them out.

Prince Charles Birthday Dinner at Buckingham Palace
The Royal Family

“Over his 70 years, Philip and I have seen Charles become a champion of conservation and the arts, a great charitable leader — a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history — and a wonderful father. Most of all, sustained by his wife Camilla, he is his own man, passionate and creative. So this toast is to wish a happy birthday to my son, in every respect a duchy original. “To you Charles. To the Prince of Wales.”

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As we were expecting, Catherine made a dazzling appearance. She was wearing a pink one-shoulder rose ruffle detailing gown. Given Duchess’ appearance at the past royal family and historical appearance, I believe the piece is a custom design. Laura on Twitter suggested that dress could be a Jenny Packham design as the label’s 2019 collection has similar ruffle detailing. We can see the ruffles in these two pictures shared by Laura.

Jenny Packham Spring Summer 2019 Collection (2)
Jenny Packham Spring Summer 2019 Collection

Jenny Packham Spring Summer 2019 Collection (2)
Jenny Packham Spring Summer 2019 Collection

The other possibility of the designer is Marchesa that is known for lace and applique designs. Laura shared the 3D design having similar one-shoulder detailing as the gown worn by Duchess. Harini showed this Floral pink gown from Marches’ 2018 collection.

Marchesa 3D Gown
Marchesa 3D Gown
Marchesa Resort 2018 Pink Floral Gown
Marchesa Resort 2018 Pink Floral Gown
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It looks like a stunning piece, but due to the lack of clear pictures, we won’t be able to identify it unless Catherine wears it again in the public eye.

 

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She paired the outfit with a stunning pair of rose pink earrings and an elegant updo. The origin of the earrings is still unidentified. She wore the earrings first time in 2011 at 100 Women in Hedge Fund gala and then in February 2017 at the BAFTA Awards.

Prince Charles Birthday Party at Buckingham Palace
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We might get a few pictures and a video later on as happened on Charles’ 60 birthday bash. So far, we do not have any further engagement scheduled for Duchess of Cambridge, I expect Kensington Palace to announce something on Thursday or Friday for next week.

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