The Duchess of Cambridge carried out two royal engagements in London on Tuesday. Kate Middleton visited the Natural History Museum in Kensington that afternoon and attended the Place2Be awards ceremony in Mansion House that evening. For the former engagement, she wore a black long-sleeve floral midi dress with a textured velvet print from high-street label LK Bennett. She switched it up for evening with a black midi dress from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.
But it was her feet that caught our attention. Middleton teamed her Preen ensemble with a pair of Prada’s peep-hole wave pumps in black suede. They are sold out but were last seen at Saks Fifth Avenue for $445.
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Now, while admittedly we’re hardly talking a cage sandal, where the British monarchy is concerned, anything involving a cutout might well be considered a trifle racy. However, the overall effect was nothing if not sophisticated. It’s not the first time Middleton has worn Prada pumps. However, she chose more somber navy versions by the Italian label for the opening of a charity shop earlier this year.
Middleton is a patron of the Natural History Museum and was attending a children’s tea party to bid farewell to Dippy the Diplodocus, a dinosaur that has been mounted in the museum’s Hintze Hall since 1905. The duchess is also a patron of the Place2Be charity that aids children’s mental health, and the evening ceremony lauded those who have contributed to the cause.