Published On: Fri, Nov 22nd, 2019

Kate Middleton news: Prince William’s wife stuns at Royal Variety Performance

Kate Middleton, 37, looked elegant as she wore an Alexander McQueen gown to attend the Royal Variety Performance today. The Duchess of Cambridge dressed for the formal occasion in the number which had a lace floral pattern over a nude underdress. She arrived with her husband, Prince William, 37, as they attended the show which is held at the Palladium Theatre in London.

The design highlighted her svelte figure with a thin black band around her waistline.

The Duchess kept her neckline bare, choosing not to wear a necklace.

Kate paired the look with show-stopping gold hoop earrings from Erdem which had a unique floral and pearl design.

She matched her felt black bag with a pair of closed toe black high heels.


Her dark locks were worn down and styled into curls which sat below her shoulders.

She opted for glamorous make-up for the event wearing black eyeshadow and lashings of mascara.

Prince William joined the Duchess wearing a smart black tuxedo and white shirt.

Each year, members of the Royal Family will attend the performance which features many celebrity acts.

“The annual Royal Variety Performance is held in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, of which The Queen is Patron. The money raised from the show helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK, who need help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times.

“The origins of the Royal Variety Performance date back to 1912 when King George V and Queen Mary agreed to attend a ‘Royal Command Performance’ at the Palace Theatre in London, in aid of the Variety Artistes’ Benevolent Fund. In July 1919, the second Royal show was performed and was the first to be billed a “Royal Variety Performance”, before becoming an annual event in 1921.

“This will be the third time that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the performance, following their attendance in 2014 and 2017.”

The Duchess opted for a glamorous evening gown to watch performances at the event. 

How did Kate Middleton become a royal?

Early life

Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.

She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.

Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.


Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.

After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.

For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.

Relationship with Prince William

Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.

In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.

The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.


Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.

On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.

Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.

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