Duchess of Cambridge dons a £325 L.K Bennett polka dot dress

Duchess of Cambridge dons a £325 L.K Bennett polka dot dress

December 11, 2018

Back in her high street favourite! Duchess of Cambridge dons a £325 L.K Bennett polka dot dress after a two-year hiatus from wearing the brand (while sporting a VERY bouncy hairdo!)

  • Kate, 36, donned £325 silk cream and green polka dot dress from L.K. Bennett
  • Teamed ensemble with dark green suede heels and matching clutch 
  • She last wore the brand in August 2016 for visit to youth organisation in Luton
  • L.K Bennett reported losses of £5.9 million in profits for 2016/2017  

She was a huge champion of high street fashion when she first married Prince William, and today the Duchess of Cambridge went back to her roots in a spotted green dress by one of her favourites. 

Kate, 36, looked elegant in a £325 green and cream silk polka dot dress from L.K. Bennett for a visit to the Evelina London Children’s hospital, a brand that was once synonymous with her royal wardrobe. 

In recent years, she’s been edging away from the high street in favour of more upmarket brands such as Erdem, Emilia Wickstead and even D&G, and hasn’t work L.K. Bennett for two years. 

The last sighting was in 2016 when she recycled her £245 blue-and-white Lasa Poppy dress for a school visit in Luton. 

But today it was firmly back in the spotlight, which will no doubt give the brand a boost after recent financial struggles.  

The Duchess of Cambridge went back to her high street roots today, wearing a £325 green and cream silk polka dot dress from L.K. Bennett for a visit to the Evelina London Children’s hospital

The silk dress is a new addition to Kate’s wardrobe and marks the first time she’s worn L.K Bennett for two years

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We were treated to a surprise appearance by the Duchess of Sussex at the British Fashion Awards last night, and today the Duchess of Cambridge is out and about too. Double the royal style inspiration!

Kate is really on a roll at the moment. We're still swooning over the festive red tartan Emilia Wickstead skirt she wore last week! But whilst Meghan's Givenchy gown last night was bespoke, Kate is debuting a brand new high street find from L.K. Bennett. And it's up for grabs in all sizes!

Click (right) to buy the 'Mortimer' dress now. It's also available in navy, but we love the dark green shade, polka dot print (a favourite of Kate's at the moment) and pussybow neckline. The pearl buttons are a nice touch too! The long sleeves and midi length are classic Kate, and when teamed with a clutch bag by L.K. Bennett in khaki suede, it's a very chic look.

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Earlier in 2018 L.K.Bennett reported losses of £5.9 million in 2016/2017, compared with a £100,000 profit in the previous 12 months. 

Total sales also fell by 1.8 per cent to £77.4 million. The company blamed the figures on ‘exceptional costs’ of £28.7 million, spent on corporate restructuring.

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For today’s visit, the Duchess looked perfectly co-ordinated teaming her dress with suede shoes in dark green and carrying a matching clutch.  

And her trademark voluminous locks fell around her shoulders in a particularly bouncy style.

The Duchess wore her L.K. Bennett £245 blue-and-white Lasa Poppy dress on a visit to a youth organisation at Bute Mills, Luton in August 2016

William and Kate are set to meet youngsters receiving care and their parents when they tour the Evelina London Children’s hospital.

Earlier today it was announced that Kate is to become royal patron of the hospital, her 18th patronage since marrying Prince William.  

Later they will travel to The Passage, where they will hear from frontline workers about the challenges relating to street homelessness, including drug addiction and mental health issues.

Kensington Palace said Kate’s patronage at the hospital ‘provides an opportunity to champion medical professionals’

At the Evelina, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, they will join children in Christmas themed activities

Kate was all smiles as she paid a visit to Evelina London Children’s Hospital, after the announcement that she’s set to become royal patron 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Evelina London Children’s Hospital in Lambeth this morning

At the Evelina London, which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the couple will join children as they take part in Christmas themed activities, before enjoying celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the hospital being founded in 1969.

The hospital provides comprehensive health services to children and families from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life, and also offers specialist services for youngsters with rare and complex conditions from across south London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and beyond.

At The Passage’s St Vincent centre in Victoria, central London, William and Kate will meet people using its services when they join an arts and crafts workshop preparing gifts ahead of centre’s Christmas party.

The £400 L.K. Bennett dress Kate wore while hosting Michelle Obama at Kensington Palace in April 2016 was an instant sell out 

Established in 1980, The Passage provides resources to encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to make lasting and long-term changes to their lives.

William first visited the charity in 1994 with his younger brother Harry when the pair were 12 and 10, alongside their mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

In 2016 the duke reopened the newly refurbished St Vincent’s Centre.


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