Kate Middleton Dons Stella McCartney For Pre-Olympic Event in London

The Duchess makes an appearance at an exhibition celebrating Britain's top athletic talent

Kate Middleton’s Looks from London 2012

Photo by Keystone Press

Today saw Duchess Kate Middleton readying for the Olympics, as she made an appearance at the Road to 2012: Aiming High exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, celebrating Britain’s top athletes.

Abandoning her taupe L.K. Bennett pumps for a pair of pointy black Prada pumps, this is one of the more punchy ensembles we’ve seen Middleton in.  Opting for a royal blue Stella McCartney shift dress, the Duchess of Cambridge paired her look with a long silver necklace by Cartier—one of the more prominent jewellery choices we’ve seen the Royal make. While Kate has earned a rep for her high-low dressing and repeating of some more expensive pieces, this piece may do away with that, retailing for just under $77,000.

This is also the first time we’ve seen Middleton in McCartney, an appropriate choice given that the design star is the official label of choice for Team Great Britain’s Olympic uniforms.

Click here to see Kate Middleton’s collection of hats and fascinators. Plus, we score them all!