Kate is sophisticated in bespoke lace dress for Battle of Somme commemorations

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, made a sophisticated appearance as the Battle of Somme centenary commemorations continued on Friday (July 1) in France. Kate slipped into a bespoke peplum dress crafted from her favourite fabric of late, lace, to join Princes William and Harry at the Thiepval museum for an event with President Hollande.

The knee-length design, which features a peter pan collar and three-quarter length sleeves, has yet to be identified.


The duchess looked elegant in a lace dress

The Duchess accessorised with a $1,360 black hat from Lock and Co, paired with a co-ordinating clutch bag and suede pumps. Her hair was tied back into a low chignon, offering a glimpse at a pair of pearl drop earrings.


Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry also attended an event at the Thiepval Memorial on Thursday evening, which commemorates British soldiers who died without graves and lit up for the first time ever in honour of the occasion. They also attended a military vigil and a meeting with representatives of countries who fought in the Battle of Somme.

Kate opted for a black, white and grey Long Snake Stitch Coat by Missoni for the solemn occasion. The coat, which features the label's signature zigzag print, retailed at $1,450 but is no longer available to buy. The duchess completed her look with a vintage-style pillbox hat, suede black Gianvito Rossi heels, a black Mulberry Bayswater clutch and oversized faux-pearl earrings.

With her hair pulled back in an updo, and wearing natural make-up, it was a low-key and respectful look from the Duchess, who had travelled to France for the event.

It's the first time that Kate, 34, has worn the Missoni coat - although eagle-eyed fans will have recognised her faux-pearl Balenciaga earrings, which she also wore to Trooping the Colour earlier this month. The earrings, which feature a magnetic back, are described as "silver tone brass studs which showcase a supersized faux-pearl centre" and are currently available for $895.

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