Kate wears Indian designer Saloni after 2016 tour is announced

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, chose a striking, royal-blue dress for an event in London on Tuesday, but the pretty piece has more meaning than we thought.

The duchess looked radiant in the bright crinkle-effect dress from new Indian designer Saloni and featured cropped sleeves, a nipped-in waist and full skirt.

The dress, called Martine, costs $1,125 and is available on <em>matchesfashion.com</em>.

TAP TO VIEW FULL GALLERY Kate look chic in the designer number.

Kate further accentuated her slim waist with a thin black belt and accessorized with black suede heels and a small black clutch.

Her decision to sport a design from an Indian designer came just days after it was confirmed that Kate and William are to embark on a tour to India in the spring.

On Tuesday evening, Kate attended the annual Fostering Excellence Awards, an event hosted by the Fostering Network, a charity dedicated to foster care.

The dress is currently sold on <em>matchesfashion.com</em>.

The ceremony was celebrating the achievements of foster carers, young people, social workers and others within the fostering community, and was also an opportunity for Kate to hear some truly inspirational stories.

Before the actual awards ceremony, the duchess, 33, had a chance to meet all winners at a special tea party and she chatted to a group. She then had the honour to present the Fostering Achievement Award to three winners who have been fostered and who were being recognized for their extraordinary achievements.

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