The Duchess of Cambridge slipped into an elegant black lace Alexander McQueen dress for an appearance in Paris this evening. Kate accessorized the look with a pair of Balenciaga oversize pearl earrings and a bauble necklace. She left her hair down in loose curls and kept her makeup subtle yet elegant. Meanwhile her husband, Prince William, looked dapper in a royal blue suit.
Before attending a formal dinner held in their honour, Prince William and Kate were greeted at the British Embassy, where the future King delivered a touching speech.
"It is a pleasure for Catherine and me to be here this evening, in this beautiful, elegant, and global city," said Prince William, adding, "I have been reminded over the last few years, as Catherine and I have attended commemorations of the two World Wars, how much we have experienced together and have stood together in moments of great crisis."
"Our relationship is just as strong and enduring today. Our hearts went out to the people of France when you responded so bravely to the awful terrorist attacks of the last two years. I was very proud personally to have been present at the England-France football match just days after the Bataclan."
He concluded: "Before I came here, Her Majesty The Queen reminded me of how much she has enjoyed her many visits to France. It is a feeling that Catherine and I entirely share, and look forward to this and many more visits in the years to come – to France our ally, our friend, our neighbour."
The Duke and Duchess kicked off a two-day tour of Paris on Friday afternoon. The trip marks William's first official visit as a senior royal.
Prior to touching down in Paris, Prince William and Kate attended the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow. The duchess gave a sartorial nod to the holiday by wearing a green Catherine Walker coatdress. The bespoke design featured double breasted gold button detailing and contrasting black collar and trims.