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Princess Kate in continuing her “something borrowed” streak!
She reappeared on the black tie scene Tuesday night – this time in a red, white and blue floral gown from Erdem. She accessorized her outfit with the late Queen Mother’s sparkling earrings. The drop earrings with a fringe of diamonds and sapphires have rarely been seen.
Kate was in attendance at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF) Gala at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to support The Art Room, a charity of which she is a patron. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to The Art Room.
To welcome the excited guests, a string quartet played inside the main entrance of the museum in South Kensington.
Before dinner, Kate posed for a photograph with the 20-strong board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. During a break between courses, she presented a leadership award to Elizabeth Corley, CEO of Allianz Global Investors. She received the award for her work mentoring future leaders of the investment banking industry.
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The gala holds a special connection for Kate’s husband and brother-in-law, too. Prince William became a patron of 100WHF back in 2009, and in 2012, both Prince Harry and Princess Kate joined him as patrons.
In past years, 100WHF has partnered with several charities close to the trio’s hearts: Action on Addiction in 2013, an organization Kate serves as patron for, and WellChild in 2014, which has Prince Harry’s patronage.
Kate started off her day with a visit to the Islington Town Hall in London, where she met with representatives from Chance UK, an organization that helps children who are at risk for anti-social or criminal behavior.
At the event, she met with children who work with the organization – and rewore a gray Orla Kiely dress, previously worn in March 2012.
“She was having a laugh with them,” Dr. Gracia McGrath, CEO of Chance UK, told PEOPLE. “Watching her go round and to see them and how excited they were was really powerful.”
“When she was listening to him, [she had] that warmth and understanding of what she had for where he’d been and where he is now,” McGrath said. “Somebody who really understands what they’re coming to visit and who they’re seeing, and the difference it makes.”
• Reporting by SIMON PERRY