Kate Middleton’s dress was the talk of the town (and here's where to buy it)

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Forget Brad and Jen's reunion at the SAG Awards (just joking, this made my year and it's only January), yesterday it was Prince William and Kate Middleton's who stole the show.

The royal pair welcomed guests to a reception to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit at Buckingham Palace, giving us all something other than Meghan and Harry's new arrangement to talk about it.

Catherine looked resplendent in a long-sleeved red sequin dress, which was sheer in all the right places, featuring intricate beaded patterns, and falling just above the ankle.

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Kate has always been one to champion British brands, and this was no exception. The Aurora Gown dress is by sustainable brand Needle & Thread, and was actually inspired by a vintage tablecloth. She paired it with statement earrings by Soru, a London-based brand she has worn before.

Shop now: AURORA GOWN for £410 from needle & thread

It is still in stock in some sizes, and comes in several colourways. Though with the success of the dress, I wouldn't be surprised if it got re-stocked soon.

If you're not keen on the maxi length, then don't worry, as it also comes in a mini style. Perfect for awards season.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.