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Duchess of Cambridge stuns in Alexander McQueen gown at National Portrait Gallery gala

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 12/03/2019 Robert Jobson
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The Duchess of Cambridge wowed onlookers in a stunning Alexander McQueen dress at a star studded black-tie gala at the National Portrait Gallery.

Kate outshone socialites, fashion gurus and supermodels who had gathered for the A-lister fundraiser.

It was the same dress the Duchess wore to the BAFTAS in 2017, but the off the shoulder gown had been refashioned so it covered her shoulders.

The 37-year-old was in a vibrant mood as she mingled with stars including the Beckhams, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Bianca Jagger.

a woman standing on a sidewalk: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the 2019 Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the 2019 Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery (PA)

Prince William’s cousin, Princess Beatrice, attended as a guest with her rumoured beau Edoardo Mapelli Mozilla.

The couple, who have been tipped to wed, were hosted by Philippe Ghanem and Sabine Getty, a socialite and Swiss-norm jewellery designer.

Princess Margaret’s son Lord Snowdon, David Linley, also attended the event.

Other star guests included One Direction pop star Liam Payne, fashion designer Oswald Boateng and legendary British photojournalist and war photographer, Sir Don McCullin CBE, who was accompanied by his wife Catherine Fairweather.

Kate Moss wearing a red and black hair: Supermodel Kate Moss also attended the gala on Tuesday evening (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Supermodel Kate Moss also attended the gala on Tuesday evening (PA)

It was the third time Kate, Patron of the National Gallery, has attended the annual fundraising gala.

On arrival she was met by Westminster’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr. Paul Knapman and National Portrait Gallery Director Dr Nicholas Cullinan.

Inside she was also introduced to chairman of the Trustee Board for the gallery David Ross and Edward Enninful OBE, Chairman of the Gala Committee.

Afterwards the Duchess chatted to youth team staff Liz Smith and Helen White.

Kate, who studied at the British Institute in Florence and the University of St Andrews, also chatted to members of the galleries Youth Forum and viewed art produced by the gallery’s outreach programmes.

Funds raised on the night go towards a project that will see a significant refurbishment of the building.

Kate was also told of gallery’s most extensive programme of activities nationwide with plans to engage audiences onsite, locally, regionally and online.

Her night at the gala came hours after she visited the Henry Fawcett Children's Centre in Kennington.

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