Kate Middleton will step out without her Prince Charming William tonight, when the Duchess of Cambridge attends a lavish party which promotes and celebrates our nation's culture, creativity, art and entertainment industries.
Duchess Catherine, as she is now officially known, will mingle with around 800 guests at the glitzy reception at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
The 30-year-old has been branching out to take on more solo engagements in recent months as she grows in confidence in her new official role as a working Royal, following her marriage to Prince William in April 2011.
And this will be among one of the most prestigious events Kate has attended on her own, with the focus firmly on promoting the UK’s reputation abroad and highlighting opportunities to invest in and visit Britain.
Tonight the Duchess will mingle with a number of important guests including representatives from the UK’s leading creative companies,employees from overseas businesses, and guests from businesses based abroad which may be interested in investing in or buying creative services from the UK.
All eyes will be on Kate to see how she copes without William by her side; but if the Duchess’s track record is anything to go by, she will no doubt impress – and charm – the guests, as she has done at many other Royal appointments.
This is just one of the many engagements Duchess Kate will attend during the Olympics. Kate, her husband Prince William, and his brother Prince Harry have all been named official ambassadors for the Games and one of their key roles is to “show off Britain on the world stage”.
Of course, fashion followers will also be keeping a close eye on the Duchess tonight too. As a widely regarded ‘style icon’, Kate has been credited with boosting the profile of high street stores as well as designer labels.
Many of the pieces Duchess Kate wears often sell out mere days or sometimes hours after Kate is snapped in them, so it will be interesting to see if she opts for a British label tonight.
Tonight’s glitzy reception includes speeches from Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and Christopher Le Brun, president of The Royal Academy.
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