Duchess Kate Steals the Scene in a Maxi Dress With a Daring Slit

Kate Middleton
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Pretty as a picture! Over in London, Duchess Kate was the cream of the crop in an ivory gown with a daring slit at the Thursday, November 3, premiere for A Street Cat Named Bob, an event to support her Action on Addiction organization.

The royal, 34, reigned in a long-sleeved Self-Portrait Pleated Crochet Maxi Dress with a high neckline and a sweeping crepe skirt with a nearly thigh-high side slit. She added a pop of color to the pristine number with suede burgundy Gianvito Rossi pumps and a matching Mulberry clutch. She also wore a pair of Oscar de la Renta earrings, a series of cocktail rings and a bejeweled poppy brooch. In British culture, poppies are a token of remembrance for fallen soldiers.  

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton Neil Mockford/GC Images

At the premiere, the Duchess spent some quality time with one of the biggest stars of the evening: Bob, a stray cat owned by British musician James Bowen. Bob and Bowen’s story, which inspire the film, was chronicled in his 2007 memoir, A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life. The book description details the story of Bowen, who “was living hand to mouth on the streets of London,” and his beloved pet that stole his heart after showing up in his apartment building hallway.

“Is that purring or growling?” Duchess Kate asked Bowen at one point during the meeting, according to an Us Weekly reporter. 

Duchess Kate became a patron of Action on Addiction, a British charity that aids research to combat substance abuse, in 2012. She has even paid a visit to Action on Addiction’s Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies. For that engagement in December 2015, she donned a bright blue Emilia Wickstead dress with a pleated skirt and black Jimmy Choos.

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