Kate Middleton is already known as a fashion icon. At the gala dinner for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) which took place in the Kensington Palace on November the 7th, Kate Middleton, who is the patron of the event, wore a Diane von Furstenberg’s black Zarita dress. But it wasn’t the first time that she wore the piece. In November 2014, the Duchess wore the same dress for the Royal Variety performance at the London Palladium where she met the band members of the pop-sensation, One Direction.
But after seeing this particular piece for the second time, fans noticed that Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Meghan Markle, also sported the same dress to a premiere of The Moth’s Storytelling Tour in February 2012.
As for Middleton, she combined the dress with some estate jewelry on loan from Queen Elizabeth II, wearing her hair down in a different way from three years ago. She wore diamond drop earrings, with a diamond Quatrefoil bracelet from the Queen, a crystalized poppy brooch to show respect for British troops and a jewel-topped Prada box clutch.
Markle kept her approach streamlined wearing the navy version of the dress with a charm bracelet and gold jewelry.
As Belgian fashion designer von Furstenberg put it, this dress is “the ultimate party dress.”
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The chief executive of AFNCCF, Peter Fonagy, said that Middleton is “very interested in maternal mental health. She’s particularly concerned that mothers’ mental health plays a major role in this and that we are able to support mothers to support their children.”
According to royalcentral.co.uk, the Dutchess released a statement before the gala:
“As parents, we all want our children to have the best possible start in life. Encouraging children to understand and be open about their feelings can give them the skills to cope with the ups and downs that life will throw at them as they grow up,” the release read.
“It’s important that our children understand that emotions are normal and that they have the confidence to ask for help if they are struggling.”
The organization’s chief executive, Peter Fonagy, stated:
“One of the things that we are interested in is intervening as early as possible in children’s lives to improve their chances of good mental health throughout life.”
The vision of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is “a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life.”