Duchess Kate Champions British Designers At Kensington Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge continues her support for British fashion in Hobbs and Jenny Packham...

Ever since the Duchess of Cambrridge dazzled the world with her Alexander McQueen gown on her wedding day and glowed in a blue wrap Issa dress for her official engagement photos, Kate Middleton has carved out a name for championing the best of British designer talent.

And on Wednesday she continued her support by wearing not one, but two British brands.

Hosting an awards ceremony for mental health charity, Place2Be, at her Kensington Palace home, the Duchess wowed in a Hobbs Invitation Emilia black top with a corset bodice and sheer polka dot underlay and sleeves. At a purse friendly £89, she proved once again her abiltiy to transform high street pieces – but before you race off to your nearest Hobbs, the top is already sold out.

Teaming the peplum top with a midnight blue silk knee length Jenny Packham skirt from the designer’s AW13 catwalk collection, Kate highlighted her growing baby bump with a sleek leather belt. And to round it all off, the frugle Duchess opted for one of her trusty pairs of black courts shoes and pair of Cassandra Goad gold drop earrings.

Despite being absent from recent Royal duties, Kate has this month still proudly been flying flag for a host of British designers including Goat, Temperley, Matthew Williamson, L.K. Bennett and Alexander McQueen.

And with a US tour on the horizon and of course the upcoming birth of the second Royal heir, we’re sure the ‘Duchess Effect’ will keep on giving…

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