They met there. And later fell in love.And last night, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a glitzy gala dinner to raise money for their alma mater: St Andrews University in Scotland.Prince William and his wife Kate – who both earned degrees at the university – were the guests of honour at the lavish $10,000-a-head 600th anniversary event at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the couple’s final engagement of their three-day visit to America.
Donning a midnight blue Jenny Packham evening gown and with her hair swept up in an elegant chignon, the pregnant Duchess beamed as she was met on the museum’s steps by an honor guard of fellow St Andrews alumni dressed in the university’s traditional red gowns and officials wearing kilts.
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Disappointingly, perhaps, for fashion watchers, Kate has worn the stunning dress twice before in public. But with her handsome dinner suited-husband at her side, the effect was still suitably regal and the most formal outfit she has sported during their overseas trip.
The Duchess, who drank water during the event, teamed the gown with fashionable black heels, her stunning engagement ring and long diamond and emerald earrings, which were a private gift.The couple were then escorted to a reception in the museum’s Velez Blanco patio, where they mingled with the other 450 guests – who had paid between $2,500 and $10,000 to attend the dinner – surrounded by 16th century marble statues brought over wholesale from a castle in Spain.
They later dined in the Temple of Dendur, a vast room decorated with statues of Egyptian gods that was built specifically to house an Egyptian temple built just before the birth of Christ. The sandstone temple was given to the U.S. in its entirety in 1965.Although actor Tom Hanks – whose daughter went to St. Andrews – was due to give the after-dinner toast at the black-tie event, he was forced to pull out at the last minute for personal reasons. Instead, U.S. comedian and chat show host Seth Meyers was drafted in.
Meanwhile, the opera singer Renee Fleming, a triple-Grammy award-winning soprano, sang Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and the Puccini aria O Mio Babbino Caro. Other guests included Princess Eugenie, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Mary-Kate Olsen, the actress turned fashion designer who is one half of the Olsen twins, and her partner Olivier Sarkozy, half-brother of the former French president.
The Duchess Of Cambridge may have a penchant for repeating outfits, but when she looks this good, who can blame her?Catherine was on fine fashion form in New York last night wearing this stunning chiffon floor-sweeping frock which is, of course, by Jenny Packham.
We instantly recognised the beautiful creation as the one she wore to the National Portrait Gallery for the Portrait Gala 2014 earlier in the year, proving that a scene-stealing dress is not just a wear-only-once purchase.Unfortunately Catherine’s beautiful couture dress with its twirl-worthy pleated maxi skirt and flattering off shoulder bardot neckline isn’t available to buy but you can work the dreamy midnight blue trend with these high street finds below.
A pair of killer heels and a few choice accessories will complete your elegant after-dark look.’Fortunately for Catherine and me we ended up married. But for those of you who are parents of undergraduates right now, I give you one tip: ask your son or daughter over the holidays if they know what Ma Bells is. If they answer yes, perhaps remove their wine glasses out of reach.’Ma Bells is a pub frequented by many St Andrews undergraduates, including William and Kate.
He added: ‘St Andrews blend of academic excellence, mixed with a liberal approach to critical thought and creative reasoning, is one that both our nations, on both sides of the Atlantic, credit with importance.In particular, St Andrews exists at the pinnacle of a noble Scottish tradition of intellectual freedom and the nurturing – in fact, I would say, flourishing – of arts and science. It feels like a place where no truth goes unquestioned and where there is much more discovering to be done in the world.’In a note in the program, he added the personal message: ‘
For Catherine and me, it will always be a very special place and we have the warmest of memories of our time as undergraduates and the friends we made there.’The royal couple – who are expecting their second child in April next year – both graduated from St Andrews in 2005. The Duke is now the Patron of the Anniversary Fundraising Campaign, which he launched during a return visit to the university with his wife in February 2011.
Shortly before the gala, William was pictured touring the Empire State Building – which has been lit red, white and blue over the past few days – with officials while his wife chose to take a rest. During the tour, the future King was able to look out over the city via the landmark’s observation deck.The Cambridges are said to have ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ their whirlwind visit to the Big Apple after touching down at JFK on Sunday night.
Yesterday afternoon, they visited the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the Memorial Reflection Pools together, before they attended The Door in NYC and the CityKids Foundation, to learn about their work on positive youth development and social learning using art.They then attended the Creativity is GREAT Reception at NeueHouse, celebrating the British talent in the creative industries of New York, in association with the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, before Wills went to the reception at the Empire State Building.After last night’s St Andrews gala, the royals were whisked away in an official motorcade, still in their finery, to JFK airport.
They made use of the official VIP section to change before they boarded an overnight flight to London where they will be reunited with their 16-month-old son, Prince George.Yesterday afternoon, the Duke and Duchess flew the flag for the UK as they attended the GREAT reception at NeueHouse, a creative work space in Gramercy, Manhattan, for media types.
Donning a black dress by maternity label Seraphine with a gold hooped Cartier necklace and her hair swept back in a funky pony tail, Kate chatted with guests, including actor Sir Patrick Stewart.The list featured a host of representatives from the creative industries including Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Amanda berry, chief executive of Bafta, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, media mogul Harvey Weinstein, and his Marchesa designer wife Georgina Chapman, and author Imogen Lloyd-Webber, daughter of the musicals composer Lord Lloyd-Webber.
As the attendees mingled, the throng dined on British themed canapes including mini Yorkshire puddings and Scotch egg bites washed down with PG Tips tea and Old Speckled Hen ale.Sir Patrick, accompanied by his wife, Sunny Ozell, said afterward: ‘I have met many members of the Royal family before but what a personable, pleasant and, may I say, attractive couple.’Prince William told me he had never been to New York before which, I must say, surprised me greatly. I was even more surprised that the Duchess hasn’t been.
I urged them to come back again incognito. New York is the type of city that turns a blind eye and would allow you to do that. ‘Sir Patrick said he had recently taken William’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, who is currently working in New York, as his guest to his latest show on Broadway, Waiting for Godot.The two also took some time to wave and greet fans from their car after they got stuck in traffic on the way out of the venue, something they had been dealing with all day thanks to the torrential downpour happening in New York City.
Tuesday morning started off on a somber note for William and Kate as they made a visit to the 9/11 Memorial where they laid white roses and a handwritten note for the victims who lost their life in the tragedy.And though the weather was gloomy, gray and rainy, Kate provided a nice pop of color in a fashionable bright pink jacket from Mulberry.From there the two headed off to watch some young people from CityKids, a group that promotes leadership among inner city youth, perform a dance routine. William led a standing ovation for the group, while Kate took some time to get in a selfie with some of the members.This as the two continue their whirlwind, and jam packed, trip to New York City.Monday night offered them at least a little bit of time for fun as the couple attended a Brooklyn Nets game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, getting to meet both music and sports royalty.
Kate, in black skinny J Crew jeans and a Tory Burch coat, and William, in slacks and a casual shirt with his sleeves rolled up, got a chance to chat with Beyonce and Jay Z during the game, and afterwards spend some time with Cleveland Cavaliers player and NBA great LeBron James, who presented the two with cupcakes from his home town of Akron, Ohio, and a Cavaliers jersey for Prince George.james also committed a bit of a royal faux pas when he placed his hand on the small of Kate’s back during a photo with the two.Prior to the game The Duke and Duchess met with political royalty, when they attended an event for The Tusk Trust alongside Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea.
Hillary and Kate bonded as they talked about children, and how much Hillary used to love to sing to Chelsea, and now her new granddaughter Charlotte.Kate and William had been separated prior to that, with William in Washington D.C. for the day while Kate stayed in New York City.In New York, Kate met up with Chirlane McCray, the wife of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, as the two visited the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem, where some of the children had thought that the princess they were going to meet was Elsa from Frozen.After that, Kate headed to a luncheon at the British Consul General’s residence in New York, where she meet with members of the British community involved in the arts and culture, including actor Matthew Rhys and producer Colin Callender.William meanwhile was in Washington with President Barack Obama, as the two talked about the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain. The Duke also revealed to President Obama that after the birth of Prince George, he forgot to ask if it was a boy or a girl.Even more shocking to many though was that William flew to and from New York City on a regular plane in the coach section, prompting many comments and photos from others on the flight.Following the meeting, William headed over to the World Bank headquarters, where he dined with experts on illegal wildlife trafficking.The night before the couple was given a very royal welcome as throngs of fans waited for them as they arrived at the posh Carlyle Hotel in New York City.No sooner had the two settled then they were on their way to their first big event of their trip, a private charity dinner at the home of British media and marketing mogul Sir Martin Sorrell.Though there were no photos from inside the vent, the two looked glowing as they waved to fans as they left that evening.