Duchess of Cambridge wows in stunning gown from high street favourite

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The Duchess of Cambridge has wowed fans in a gorgeous gown. The royal hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace with husband Prince William.

Duchess Catherine has wowed in a gorgeous gown while attending a royal event.

The Duchess of Cambridge hosted a reception yesterday at Buckingham Palace alongside husband Prince William.

The Cambridges accompanied Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex as well as Princess Anne, as the family welcomed guests to the palace on behalf of the Queen.

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The royals welcomed Heads of State and Government with their partners, as well as delegates, members of the UK government and UK and African business figures to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.

And while everyone was dressed to impress, Duchess Catherine naturally stole the show with her consistent effortless elegance as she stunned in a beautiful red gown.

The beaded maxi gown featured intricate sequin embellishment and the tulle fabric draped down in A line shape, while the cherry red colour made the Duchess the centre of attention.

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And while the beautiful piece looks like it could be something that was specially made for the fashion-forward Duchess, it actually comes straight from one of our high-street favourites.

The evening dress is actually a staple from Needle & Thread’s ready-to-wear range.

Available on online retailer ASOS and department store’s Selfridges and Harrods, the occasionwear brand is home to a range of gorgeous dresses and co-ords that can be worn for any important event.

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And their Aurora Gown has to be one of the standout pieces of their collection.

As well as the beautiful cherry red that the Duchess showed off so well, the tulle dress also comes in a classic black and a trendy monochrome.

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Aurora Gown

This light catching floor-length dress is decorated with silver shimmering sequins inspired by vintage lace tablecloth.

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The standout gown will set you back £410, but the monochrome version is currently on offer for only £287.

And surprisingly all three colours are currently still available! Though the red and monochrome are nearly sold out, so head to the brand’s website if you want to get your hands on one!

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


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