This evening, Catherine and William attending the Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society in London. The Duke of Cambridge is a patron of the Tusk Trust organization, which helps support wildlife conservation in Africa, a cause very dear to his heart. The Duke presented the two awards at the event. According to the Tusk Trust website:
“The awards, developed in partnership with Investec Asset Management, aim to celebrate outstanding achievement in the field of African conservation. From practical field conservation to successful environmental education, the Tusk Conservation Awards recognise the achievements of individuals who are ensuring the future of Africa and bringing the challenges faced by the continent to a global audience. The ceremony, hosted by broadcaster and journalist Kate Silverton, will be a celebration of Africa’s ‘unsung’ heroes of conservation.”
Kate accompanied William to show support for one of William’s favorite causes. The red carpet event was much anticipated and “star-studded,” with many other high-profile conservation activists. As well as the the prestigious award recipients, other celebrities attended the event, including Ben Fogle who has become quite friendly with the Cambridges.
This Sunday, an interview will air on CNN and ITV on the subject of conservation, called Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope. The hour-long special focuses on William’s fight for wildlife conservation in Africa. We speaks of his hope for the future, the works of organizations like Tusk Trust, as well as sharing personal stories – he hints at an Africa-themed nursery for George and rumor has it we learn more about that infamous engagement!
This was William and Catherine’s first official charitable engagement since the birth of Prince George. William and Kate previously attended an event in Anglesey which was not tied to their charitable causes, but supported the community they once called home. George did not attend the event (how could would a little tux have been?!) and was reportedly home at Kensington Palace with his nanny.
The real star of the show was the replica zebra on the red carpet. Many thanks to Rebecca English from The Daily Mail on Twitter for the photo!
Guests began arriving at the ceremony around 6:20 PM. The black-tie gala allowed for formal tuxedos for the men, and either a floor length gown or formal cocktail dress for the women. Everyone was eagerly awaiting a dazzling look from the Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess arrived just after 7PM.
Despite our predictions last week, Kate chose a gown that made our jaws drop, looking stunning-as-ever in a floor length champagne sequined gown by Jenny Packham. Kate’s dress was available for purchase (for us common folk!) for around $3200, but has since sold out. The floor-length gown can be seen here but is no longer for sale. According to the German description (and the lovely Lady and the Rose for her translation!), the dress is:
- Luxurious dress crafted from fine, gold-coloured synthetic fibre.
- Embroidered with delicate sparkling/glittering sequins
- Glamorous and feminine design
- High (round neck) curved neckline and an empire-waist, accented with a brooch detail
The fabulous Anna from My Small Obsessions confirmed this information with a representative of Jenny Packham.
Originally, it was believed that Catherine wore a piece from Debenham’s No. 1 Jenny Packham line, a high-street line for the department store. The gorgeous dress looks more expensive than its $355 price tag. Unfortunately, this dress is currently sold out.
Kate accessorized with a diamond bracelet, reportedly a wedding gift from the Prince of Wales, her Jimmy Choo Vamp pumps, and silver earrings. William was handsome-as-ever in a crisp, formal tuxedo.