The Duchess of Cambridge shone in a stunning emerald green dress for a state dinner in Jamaica, where she also shone the Queen’s diamonds.
Kate Middleton puts on a show of style on her royal Caribbean tour – with her latest look among her most glamorous showings yet.
The 40-year-old mother of three, who is currently in Jamaica with Prince William, attended a state dinner hosted by the Governor-General of Jamaica at King’s House on Wednesday evening, where she wore an emerald green ball gown .
The Duchess of Cambridge’s strapless princess-style dress – by renowned British designer Jenny Packham – featured a glamorous mesh neckline with sparkling embellishments on the bodice, with her color of choice paying homage to the national flag of Jamaica.
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Kate also displayed emerald jewellery, including chandelier-style earrings, from the Queen’s own collection, as she styled her hair in a sleek bun.
Despite the glitzy display, it proved to be a somewhat awkward outing for Kate and William, who were called in by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
The Prime Minister was captured on video telling the Royal Family that while the Jamaicans were ‘very, very happy’ to welcome them, ‘there are issues here which as you know are unresolved’, referring to the British history of slavery.
“Your presence provides an opportunity for these issues to be put in context, brought to the fore and dealt with as best we can,” Mr Holness told William, as the future king nodded silently.
He went on to explain that Jamaica was “moving on” and had “real ambitions” to become an “independent, developed and prosperous country”.
William gave a historic speech at the dinner, in which he expressed his anguish over the UK’s role in “heinous” slavery.
“I want to express my deep sadness. Slavery was heinous. And it should never have happened,” William said.
“I wholeheartedly agree with my father, the Prince of Wales, who said last year in Barbados that the appalling atrocity of slavery will forever stain our history.
“While the pain is deep, Jamaica continues to forge its future with determination, courage and fortitude. The strength and shared meaning of the Jamaican people, represented in your flag and motto, celebrates an invincible spirit.
The Cambridges are currently on the second leg of their Caribbean tour, having visited Belize earlier in the week. They will also visit the Bahamas.