Kate Middleton is regal in a $4,220 blue Alexander McQueen coat for wreath-laying ceremony

Kate Middleton dazzled the crowds as she stepped out in Bleinheim, New Zealand this week wearing a regal Alexander McQueen coat dress.

The Duchess of Cambridge chose a slightly altered, cornflower-blue version of the designer’s creation, which is still available off the Alexander McQueen website and retails for $3,875 US (approximately $4,220 CA).

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Kate's version looks to have been altered slightly from the original version, with the upper part of the peplum detailing having been removed.

The stylish royal paired the simple yet stunning creation with dark navy blue heels and accessorised with her sapphire drop earrings and a small red poppy brooch.

Kate had swapped her signature cascading curls look for an elegant ponytail. She kept her make-up in line with the blue theme with a sweep of navy eyeshadow, keeping her lips natural.

The hundreds of gathered residents of the town were delighted to see William, 31, and Kate, 32, arrive at the war memorial to attend the wreath-laying ceremony.

The event was to remember those who had died in all wars, and to particularly commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, which falls in July of this year.

While the Duke and Duchess were the guests of honour at the commemoration, several veterans from the Second World War and more recent conflicts also played a starring role at the event. They were pictured taking their seats by the memorial, alongside various senior New Zealand politicians.

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