Kate Middleton and Prince William were the guests of honor at a charity fundraising event held in Norfolk on Wednesday, June 22. The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a Jenny Packham gown while the Duke of Cambridge gave a witty response over his wife’s cooking skills.
The royal couple attended the gala dinner to support the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), an organization where Kate is a patron. The charity’s event titled “A Taste of Norfolk” was held to help raise funds for EACH’s new hospice. The gala was hosted by husband and wife David Cholmondeley and Sarah, the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley at their Norfolk country home, Houghton Hall, Mirror reported.
For the event, the Duchess wore a pale pink gown from designer Jenny Packham that featured intricate sequined patterns. Pieces of Swarovski crystals were also sewed onto the dress that added a sparkly element to the gown. To complete the look, Kate wore nude colored heels, a dazzling diamond bracelet, as well as a pair of drop earrings.
Avid royal fans may recall the Duchess wearing the same dress in a June 2011 ARK gala dinner event. The said event marked the now royal mother of two's first formal event following her wedding to Prince William, as indicated in the same report. Kate may have opted to keep her hair down during the 2011 event, but in Wednesday’s dinner gala, Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s mother had her hair up in a stylish chignon.
The EACH fundraising event also featured a dinner menu prepared by five Michelin-star chefs. Kate told the chefs that her husband has had to “put up with [her] cooking,” as stated in the same report. Prince William then cracked a joke about the Duchess’ cooking skills. “It's the reason I'm so skinny,” he stated.
Kate has been known to prepare the royal family’s meals in their Norfolk home at Anmer Hall. The Duchess is said to have no in-house chef, according to a Vanity Fair report published in May. The royal mother of two appears to love cooking and has even been seen visiting local produce shops in Norfolk.
She also looks after household matters at Anmer Hall with only a limited number of domestic staff. The staff members include a housekeeper, as well as Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s nanny Maria Borallo.