Duchess Kate slips into floral gown by Canada-born Erdem for black-tie tour dinner

By Laura Sutcliffe

The icing on the cake of a wonderful first day in Sweden for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was a glamorous black-tie dinner at the Residence of the British Ambassador, where they mingled with members of the Swedish Royal family and government representatives. The elegant couple put on their finest formalwear for the occasion, with the glowing Duchess turning to Canada-born London-based designer Erdem for a striking mustard-hued floral gown, which neatly skimmed over her blossoming baby bump.


Kate and William posed with dapper duo Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel

A similar design - the Erdem silk maxi dress retails at $1724, and another - the Stephanie floral-print silk crepe de Chine gown, is priced at $2912. Kate's silk ensemble featured long ruffled sleeves, a floor-length skirt and was adorned with a botanical print. The pregnant royal added high-heeled shoes and a dazzling collection of jewels for the swish affair, with her rich brunette locks style in a sleek updo. Her eye makeup was applied in a natural style that made the most of her pretty features. The mother of Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two, appeared in happy spirits as she posed for official photographs ahead of the dinner, smiling brightly for the camera.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Residence of the British Ambassador

The couple's first day in Sweden was certainly action packed! William and Kate's first engagement was at a Bandy hockey event where they went head-to-head in a penalty shoot-out. Kate wrapped up warm in a Burberry coat, sweater by Swedish designer Fjallraven, jeans, a pom pom hat by Eugenia Kim and $180 boots by Sorel. She added a cashmere snood by Brora and faux-fur trimmed gloves by John Lewis.

Kate's dress is very simular to Erdem's $1724 silk print dress

The couple's second port of call was a fabulous lunch engagement with the King and Queen of Sweden at the beautiful Royal Palace of Stockholm. The pregnant mother of two stunned in a classic bottle green dress by Catherine Walker which flattered her growing bump. Prince William's wife added opaque tights and accessorized with black high-heeled shoes. The Duchess then ventured to the cobbled streets of Stortorget with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, where she covered her green dress with a coordinated coat, also by Catherine Walker, knee-high boots, the faux fur hat she wore on Christmas Day and a classic Mini Seaton bag by Mulberry bag, which retails at $1560.

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