Kate dazzles in Indian designer at pre-tour banquet at Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got a jump start on their upcoming royal tour of India and Bhutan by meeting with young people from the two countries during an intimate reception at Kensington Palace. Dressed in a spotted royal-blue gown by Indian designer Saloni, Kate was in great spirits as she chatted away with guests.

The event was organized to help Prince William and Kate learn more about the places they'll visit between Apr. 10th and 16th. The mother of two's stunning dress, which gives the illusion of a sheer neckline, reportedly retails for around $1,000 and will be available to pre-order soon.

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Will and Kate opened the doors of Kensington Palace to young people from India and Bhutan. Photo: © CP

Speculation over what the style star will wear during her time in India and Bhutan started as soon as the palace announced the tour back in January. And now that Kate has stepped out in a design from one of the host countries, odds are her suitcase is packed with other pieces from a range of Indian and Bhutanese designers.

Kate dazzled in a royal blue gown by Indian-born designer Saloni.

Notable guests at Wednesday's (Apr. 6) reception included India's High Commissioner to the UK, Navtej Sarna, and Burberry model Neelam Gill. The couple also mingled with representatives from the Asian chapter of Prince Charles's charity The Prince's Trust. The charity is said to be organizing a special Bollywood night for Will and Kate to enjoy on their first evening in Mumbai on Sunday (Apr. 10).

Next week’s tour will mark the first time the royal couple has visited either country. They'll kick off their public appearance at the Taj Palace Hotel, where William and Kate plan to stay in tribute to the 164 victims of the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai. The couple will lay a wreath at the memorial inside the hotel.

Read more: Will and Kate's India and Bhutan tour itinerary

William and Kate will also be enjoying some glitz and glamour, as one evening they will then be treated to a reception and dinner to celebrate Mumbai's film and creative industries, which will be an event with red-carpet arrivals, dance and musical performances.

Following the tour, the parents of two will jet back to the UK to help the Queen ring in her 90th birthday on Apr. 21.

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