Prince William and Kate mingle with Swedish royalty and Hollywood stars at black-tie gala on royal tour

By Hanna Fillingham

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the centre of attention on Tuesday night (Jan. 30) as they stepped out at the Residence of the British Ambassador in Stockholm for a glitzy black-tie dinner. The couple was in high spirits as they ended day one of their royal tour of Sweden and Norway chatting with members of the Swedish royal family, Hollywood stars and representatives from government. Kate looked stunning in a ruffled floral gown by Canadian-born, London-based designer Erdem.

Kate was seated next to actor Stellan Skarsgard

William and Kate were joined by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, as well as Hollywood royalty. Among the guests were Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander and film star Stellan Skarsgard, who tucked into a meal of smoked salmon with quail egg, horseradish cream on a bed of salad, followed by guinea fowl with stir-fried vegetables and mashed potatoes. For dessert, they enjoyed blackberry soufflé with chocolate ganache, before a selection of British cheese.

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Before the meal, the Duke and Duchess attended a short meeting with the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven and his wife Ulla, telling them about their visit to the host country so far. William proudly told them that he had scored a winning goal earlier in the day during a penalty shootout against Kate at a Bandy hockey event.The Duchess, who laughed and patted him affectionately on the arm, insisted: "I let him win."


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel

Following the game, the Duke and Duchess walked through the cobbled streets to visit Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm. The royal couple were joined by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel earlier in the day as they greeted excited members of the public and visited The Nobel Museum – a tourist attraction devoted to sharing information on the Nobel Prize and Nobel laureates. Later on in the day, Kate and William attended a lunch at the Royal Palace of Stockholm with the King and Queen of Sweden. As ever, Kate – who is pregnant with her third baby – looked incredible in a green dress by Catherine Walker, while William looked smart in a navy suit and white shirt as they posed for photos with the Swedish royal family.

Kate made quite the entrance in her ruffled Erdem floral gown

For their next leg of the trip on Thursday, Prince William and Kate will travel on to Oslo, Norway, where they will visit the Norwegian royal family for a private lunch hosted by the King and Queen of Norway at the royal palace. The palace is currently closed to members of the public, but during the summer tourists are able to book tickets for a guided tour of the state rooms.

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