Kate's American Debut in a Lavender McQueen Gown

Wedding Dresses

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Clearly, Kate has a type. When it comes to dressing for a formal function, the Duchess of Cambridge likes her gowns in a pastel color with a high, wide neckline, a hint of a cap sleeve, and an emphasized natural waist. As with her pink Jenny Packham gown a month ago, Kate's lavender Alexander McQueen dress was the talk of the BAFTA "Brits to Watch" gala on Saturday, one of the last stops on the couple's North American tour. The Duchess accessorized with shoes and a clutch from Jimmy Choo, and jewels on loan from the Queen—which has to be one of the coolest bits about being a royal. "Oh, these chandelier diamond earrings? The Queen said I could wear them tonight." —Phillip B. Crook

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