Kate dazzles in lace at Kensington Palace gala

By: Meaghan Wray

The Duchess of Cambridge officially returned to the gala circuit on Tuesday (Nov 7) to support the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families's new Centre for Excellence. The charitable foundation, of which Kate is a patron, raises awareness for children's mental health issues, a topic that is near and dear to her heart.

TAP FOR GALLERY The duchess wore a Diane von Furstenberg dress to the gala.

Kate dressed her growing bump in a familiar piece from her wardrobe – a black lace gown by Diane von Furstenberg. She previously wore it to attend the Royal Variety show in 2014, when she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

The mother of two accessorized the dress with a Prada clutch and a pair of the Queen's diamond pendant earrings. The stunning drop jewels have been seen on the duchess on a variety of occasions, including Trooping the Colour in June.

She accessorized with a pair of the Queen's diamond earrings.

Tuesday's appearance marks the fifth time Kate has stepped out since announcing her pregnancy at the beginning of September. The last few events have been much more casual, featuring summery dresses, sophisticated blazers and even athletic wear.

RELATED: All of Kate's maternity looks

Kate debuted her baby bump on Oct 10 in a powder blue Temperley dress at a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark World Mental Health Day. Six days later, she stepped out in an equally-charming peach-pink Orla Kiely dress, paired with black block heels, as she made a surprise appearance at Paddington Station.

Some of her other memorable maternity looks include a casual ensemble of Nike runners and Montreal London sports pants for a visit to the Lawn Tennis Association on Halloween and a simple Boutique Moschino cream jacket to attend a private meeting on maternal health at Kensington Palace on Nov.1.

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