Kate wows onlookers in $2,500 Ralph Lauren shirtdress

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, dazzled onlookers as she returned to public duty, stepping out for her first official engagement since giving birth to her second child, precious new addition Princess Charlotte.

The royal, 33, had pulled out all the stops for her return to royal duties, dazzling in a $2,500 Ralph Lauren shirtdress. The houndstooth-print number, which was cinched in at the waist with a thin black belt, flared at the hem for a flattering finish.

CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE:The royal looked gorgeous in the $2,500 Ralph Lauren number.

The brunette beauty, who was showing off her new bangs, wore the dress with simple black suede pumps.

Kate was visiting the Anna Freud Centre, lending her support to the centre's work on promoting mental health in children.

Kate anchored the refined look with chic black pumps.

The Duchess recently unveiled a chic new hairstyle with bangs, created for her by her trusted hairdresser Richard Ward.

Richard – someone Kate has relied on in the past to transform her brunette locks courtesy of his flawless blow-dries – appeared on This Morning to talk about the new style.

Dubbed the "gringe", the cut is essentially a grown-out fringe (a term used for bangs in Europe).

Kate recently unveiled her new hairstyle.

Sharing his tips with Hello! Online, Richard said: "Fringes are really versatile – they are a great way of updating your look without doing anything too drastic, and there's a style to suit every face shape. A fringe makes an instant style statement. It can add structure, soften the face and highlight or define features, and is a very youthful look."

"A longer, sweeping fringe is a great way to experiment without the risk factor of a complete restyle," he added.

"These kind of fringes suit most people as they're extremely soft and feminine. They work well whether you have long or short hair, especially if you tie your hair back or wear your hair up, as it makes the style look far less severe.

"They aren't too bold but can completely change your look without having to lose any length, and are easy to grow out if you're not quite sure. They're timeless and ageless – they never really go out of fashion."

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