Kate Middleton beautiful in blue as she joins Prince William for charity reception

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception today, to celebrate the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole, in support of the Royal British Legion.

At Goldsmiths' Hall, London, the royal couple met the brave groups of soldiers who recreated the race, which involved trekking through frozen waters and carrying food and fuel across the ice on sledges for 70 days.

Kate looked beautiful in a smart blue dress and jacket by US designer Rebecca Taylor, while William matched in a navy suit with navy blue and red tie.

Prince William is patron of the expedition and he sent the men a personal message of congratulations when they completed the challenge in January.

The race raised funds for the Royal British Legion's £30 million commitment to the Battle Back Centre, Lilleshall, which helps injured and ill service people recover.

Robert Lee, a spokesman for the Legion, praised the Duke’s support, saying: "It was first of all really great for the personnel taking part in the race to know they had the Duke's backing, it was a huge morale boost.

"The fact he's here today with the Duchess of Cambridge is a great recognition of the contribution these Army personnel have made to the charity and a great boost to the fundraising effort.

"We expect this to lead to further donations to Battle Back."

Kate and Wills have had a busy few days, last night wowing when they attended the UK premiere of documentary film African Cats.

Later today, they will help launch the Imperial War Museum Foundation's campaign to create new First World War galleries, before they are expected to travel north, to celebrate their first wedding anniversary at Balmoral.

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