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PIC: Kate Middleton Stuns in Gold-Embroidered Alexander McQueen Gown for Malaysian State Dinner

Celebrity News Sep. 13, 2012 AT 4:15PM
Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the Official Dinner hosted by The King and Queen of Malaysia on September 13, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the Official Dinner hosted by The King and Queen of Malaysia on September 13, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Credit: Tim Rooke/Rex/Rex USA

The queen-to-be back in McQueen!

When Kate Middleton needs to dress to impress -- like she did on her wedding day -- the future Queen of England knows exactly who to turn to.

Thursday evening, the Duchess of Cambridge, 30, glittered in a white Alexander McQueen gown, boasting golden floral embroidery -- intended to resemble Malaysia's national flower, the hibiscus -- for her and Prince William's meal with the King and Queen of Malaysia.

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His Majesty The Agong, Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdul, Halim Mu'adzam Shah of Kedah, and his wife, Her Majesty The Queen, Raja Persaisuri Agong, Tuanku Haminah binti Hamidun hosted William, 30, and Kate for the decadent state dinner. (The Brits also mingled with Malaysia's Prime Minister and his wife, and Kate paid tribute to Malaysia's reigning couple, delivering low curtsies when the King and Queen arrived.)

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Admiring the elegant garb worn by his wife, as well as the other women in attendance, William joked that he, too, had his "heels on tonight," an eyewitness tells Us Weekly.

During the meal, Will and Kate, along with approximately 400 other guests, dined on a fusion of British and Asian cuisine; in lieu of wine or champagne, attendees sipped on water and juice. (Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country, so alcohol is not permitted at official dinners.)

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The royal duo chatted with fellow dinnergoers how their Asia Pacific tour is going so far. When asked about the speech she had given earlier that day at Hospis Malaysia -- her first overseas speech ever -- Kate admitted her nerves almost got the best of her.

"I was so nervous!" she shared. "I am very glad I got it over with!"

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