Kate stuns in on-trend Barbara Casasola off-the-shoulder dress at awards dinner

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, dazzled in a summery new dress on Wednesday evening (July 6) for an appearance at a glamorous awards ceremony in London. Kate slipped into the stunning midi dress by Barbara Casasola to present the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award at the Natural History Museum.

The off-the-shoulder mesh-panelled stretch-jersey creation retailed at $4,015 but is currently on sale on Net a Porter for $2,000. Kate wore her hair loose and accessorized with $235 pink Schutz heels.


Kate handed out an award at the Natural History Museum

Kate was attending in her role as patron of both the National History Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The Duchess met with representatives from the shortlisted museums along with Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar.


Five organizations had been shortlisted to receive the £100,000 (CAD$167,670) award, which is the largest museum prize in the world. The fund is given annually to one outstanding museum which has shown exceptional innovation, imagination and achievement.

The Duchess looked elegant in a Barbara Casasola dress

Kate also mingled with artists including Grayson Perry, Michael Craig-Martin and Antony Gormley at the prize-giving event, which was hosted in the museum's central Hintze Hall.

Around 370 guests from the arts and culture sector attended the dinner, with "Dippy" the dinosaur - the museum's famed Diplodocus skeleton – providing a breathtaking centrepiece to the event.


Kate last carried out an engagement at the Natural History Museum in October 2014 when she presented Carlos Perez Naval with the Young Wildlife Photographer of The Year award.

The Duchess accessorised her dress with a pair of pink heels

However,Prince William's wife also visits the museum in her private time. She was famously spotted at the iconic tourist attraction with her son Prince George in October last year. The pair were spotted exploring Hintze Hall, which houses the 292-bone cast of a Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton.

Kate has long been passionate about painting, photography and the arts. She graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2005 with a 2:1 in History of Art. It was there that she met her future husband Prince William, who enrolled on the same degree before switching to Geography.

After joining the royal family, Kate chose to support charities and patronages that reflect her arty interests. She is patron of The National Portrait Gallery and The Art Room, a charity that works with children to increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art.

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