Kate Middleton looked stunning in an electric blue floor-length, sari-inspired bespoke gown by her favorite designer Jenny Packham at a glittering Bollywood charity gala held in honor of her and husband Prince William at Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on Sunday night. The 34-year-old royal looked elegant in the confection by the British designer. The thoughtful Kate gave a nod to India in the sari-inspired look.
The stylish royal showed off her sartorial style in the bead-embellished evening gown and matching cape. The gown was beaded in India to honor the local fashion industry. The flowing gown featured long sleeves, a boat neck, fitted bead-embellished bodice and a matching cape.
The mother-of-two accessorized with a pair of earrings from Indian jeweler Amrapali and a navy clutch. The matching blue long earring featured stunning lapis and diamonds. A delicate matching blue clutch completed the show-stopping look for the Duchess’ first night of their royal tour of India.
She wore her long brunette tresses in a chic up do that appeared to be styled into a French bun, drawing the attention to her stunning pair of royal blue earrings. Kate opted for a Bollywood-style make-up look, taking inspiration from Indian fashion by wearing cat eye. She wore lots of black mascara and matching eyeliner and pink frosted lipstick.
Meanwhile, Prince William looked dapper in a black dinner jacket and matching bow tie for the black-tie gala. The couple walked the red carpet at the event together at the Taj Palace Hotel, where the couple was staying. They met some well-known names from Bollywood, including actresses Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Aishwarya Rai, Parineeti Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor as well as Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan.
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Several business owners also attended the event. The Duchess was seated next to Adar Poonawala, CEO of vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India. Also attending were Rahul Bajaj, Kumar Mangalam Birla, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar with wife Anjali, RBI chief Raghuram Rajan, writers Anil Dharker and Shobhaa De and socialite Sheetal Mafatlal. William and Kate were treated to colorful dance and musical performances during the evening.
The event celebrated Mumbai's film and creative industries and was hosted by The British High Commission in partnership with The British Asian Trust, of which Prince Charles is founder and president. The black-tie gala hopes to raise money for three charities that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are supporting during their India tour – Magic Bus, Doorstep, and Childline. William and Kate met representatives from the charities earlier in the day.