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Kate dazzles in white on the Duke and Duchess’s first night out in Australia

Duke and salomon singapore price Duchess of Cambridge attended a party at Yarralumla, the residence of the Governor General

Kate wore a Lela Rose cocktail dress for the engagement; their first evening event since arriving in Australia

Earlier the couple were guests of honour at reception which took place at Great Hall of Parliament HouseThere, William addressed the 600 guests, speaking of how ‘wonderful’ their trip has been

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In one of the final events of their three week tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a party at Yarralumla, the Government House residence of the Australian head of state, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove in Canberra.

Leaving nine month old George behind in the care of the nanny, the royal couple greeted guests, who included Australia’s surviving Victoria Cross recipients as well as artists,

athletes and charity officials.

The Duke and Under Armour Verge Amphibian Duchess managed to mask their sorrow over the news of Mark Shand’s tragic death, having earlier expressed their sadness at the passing of the Duchess of Cornwall’s younger brother.

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William and Kate issued a statement before embarking on a day of engagements in Canberra, the Australian capital.

‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were saddened to learn this morning of the tragic death of Mark Shand’, it read.

‘Their thoughts are with the Duchess of Cornwall and her family at this time.’

Police have said Mr Shand, a 62 year old auctioneer, fell and hit his head as he tried to re enter revolving doors at New York’s famous Gramercy Park Hotel after he had been out for a cigarette.

He was placed on life support as soon as he reached Bellevue hospital but died 12 hours later.

Despite their grief the couple went ahead with the planned engagements, culminating in the reception at the Governor General’s house this evening.

Kate chose

an elegant white Lela Rose cocktail dress for the occasion, pairing it

with black court heels and diamond drop earrings, wearing her hair in a loose chignon, while William opted for a traditional tailored suit.

The dress featured intricate lattice work on the sleeves and on a layer falling from the waist.

The look was quite different from her earlier outfit, Adidas EQT Cushion ADV 93 17 when the Duchess chose to wear a green coat dress by Catherine Walker, a favorite designer of both her own mother and Princess Diana.

Texan born Lela Rose is an unusual choice for the Duchess, who has opted for a mix of Australian and British designers so far on the tour.

The American designer, who is renowned for her bridal gowns, has not previously dressed Kate However her ultra feminine, classic aesthetic is very much in keeping with the Duchess’s preference for tailored looks with a modern twist.

The pair walked down from their suite at government house in Yarralumla, where they have been staying, to the drawing room where a hundred guests from the arts, business, charity, conservation and sporting fields stood by to greet them

Her hand finished, luxury designs start at around 1,200 for a cocktail dress, while a floor length gown will set you back about 4,500.

The Duchess’s personal hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, who has been personally funded by Prince Charles to come on the tour, styled her brunette locks into an elaborate chignon to show off the unusual sleeves on the dress.

The Duke and Duchess met three of Australia’s surviving Victoria Cross recipients at the reception hosted by the Governor General.

Prince William and Kate were welcomed to the event at Government House in Yarralumla by 100 guests from the arts, business, charity, conservation and ASICS gelnoosa tri 14 sporting fields.

The guests included Corporals Daniel Keighran and Benjamin Roberts Smith and SAS Trooper Mark Donaldson, three of four Australians awarded the honour for their actions in Afghanistan. Corporal Cameron Baird was awarded the honour posthumously earlier this year.

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