Kate Middleton Finally Dresses Like a Princess (PHOTO)

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kate middletonHere is your first Hanukkah gift -- a photo of Kate Middleton killing it -- no, killing it -- in a drop-dead gorgeous, black velvet, strapless(!) gown by Alexander McQueen, and some rubies and diamonds to boot.

Drink it in, people. Drink. It. In. This could be the most "princess-like" Duchess Catherine has looked since she married Prince William, and man, does it not disappoint.

The occasion was the "Night of Heroes" event at London's Imperial War Museum to honor members of Britain's armed forces for heroism. Kate accompanied her husband, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, on the red carpet, and while the boys looked charming and dapper, Kate totally stole the show.

First off all, let's discuss the fact that Kate's dress was velvet. Velvet! Nobody wears velvet these days, save for little girls on Christmas. What a fantastic way to spice up an otherwise plain gown. I mean, don't get me wrong, the dress would be gorgeous no matter what material it was made of, but the velvet really takes it over the edge -- and makes it totally appropriate for December.

The thing that struck me the most about Kate's look, though, was her ability to look so "fancy" without changing much. Her hair looked the same as it always does -- down with loose curls -- and her makeup was sort of the same as usual, a little softer perhaps. Overall, she didn't look that different from how she normally does. What was it that made her look so "royal" then?

It was the jewels.

The usually minimalist Kate opted for a necklace -- a real necklace. And earrings and a bracelet. No Zara or H&M here for the practical Duchess. We're talking jewels fit for royalty. The statement necklace was made of rubies and diamonds and was given to her as a wedding gift, and the bracelet and earrings were diamonds, as well.

Velvet gown, rubies, and diamonds. This is the kind of stuff I've been waiting to see Kate in. This is the kind of stuff that reminds us all: She's not always just like us; sometimes, she really is royalty.

Did you like Kate's dress?

 

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Magno... MagnoliaQueen

Very pretty, and I've always been jealous of her hair.

Melis... Melissa042807

Love the dress. LOVE. Black velvet, when done right, is classic and timeless. 

holyo... holyokepanda

I want one!  AND I want to look that good in it!  :)

doxie... doxiebear

She is a beautiful woman. 

vamom08 vamom08

She looks amazing I wish I could pull that off only thing I can work is red a velvet cake!!!lol

Hunny... Hunnykins

She looks gorgeous, what a regal ensemble.

nonmember avatar kay

An absolutely lovely, stunning young woman and I personally so taken with her grace and style. Plus she's quite down to earth, too which adds to her persona!
You lucky Brits!!

nonmember avatar HONEY STARR

KATE hasn't been anything but perfect since the day she and her prince made their engagement official.
Her dresses gowns jeans. PERFECTION> abesides all of this, that smile , her personality. I do not think any Royal could match Kate. Prince William is a lucky man. The Royal family has a perfect lady in their reign. Her beauty is , well just that, she is beautiful. Her figure, perfect. Her sense of style, she nails it time after time.
To add to all of this , she has a matching family Pipa her mother and father. I just hope Kate can manage the attention she will always be getting. She looks very much at ease from the day she came out in her Bridal gown. It wasn't just that Georgeous black gown, it's everything. She sparkles.

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

she is a true lady that is what gives her that look.


Its not the jewels at all its her she is a lady.


BTW I love to wear velvet still do lot so ya not just for little girls. nothing makes you feel more like a lady than velvet with lace underneath hehe.


Try it sometime!


the dreas is lovely she is breathtaking in it.

nonmember avatar ray allen

Kate's a smart, classy lady no matter what she wears, and William is a damned lucky man.

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