Kate the Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham at ARK Gala Dinner

Kate the Duchess of Cambridge wearing Jenny Packham at ARK gala

Kate the Duchess of Cambridge wearing Jenny Packham at London's ARK gala (WireImage/Samir Hussein)

Isn’t she lovely? The Duchess of Cambridge made another official appearance today in London, wearing Jenny Packham to the ARK Gala at Kensington Palace. KP is where Prince William grew up, and where William and Kate are planning to move themselves. Reportedly, Kate has her eye on Princess Margaret‘s old apartments, which are currently being renovated.

Full length view of Kate's gorgeous Jenny Packham dress at the ARK Gala (WireImage/Samir Hussein)

Parts of Kensington Palace are open to the public, so when I was there in June, I visited the Enchanted Palace exhibit, which was incredibly cool and a must-see. It whimsically tells the tale of various Princesses who have lived at Kensington Palace, including a young Queen Victoria, Queen Anne, the tragic 19th century Princess Charlotte, Princess Margaret (so fascinating), and, of course, Princess Diana.

Prince William and Kate are already starting to look alike (WireImage/Nick Harvey)

Once William and Kate move in, their neighbors at KP will include the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. (Princess Michael, born Marie-Christine von Reibnitz, is famously known as Princess Pushy.) To be a fly on those walls.

Kate wearing a Philip Treacy hat, Joseph Nessie Tweet jacket, Reiss Peacock dress, and LK Bennett Sledge2 Nude Court shoes at the Epsom Derby (Enigma)

Meanwhile, in Pippa Middleton news, the press is still obsessed with her. She hangs out with her ex-boyfriend (and now boss) George Percy, the future Duke of Northumberland, a lot. And she went to tennis at the Queen’s Club in London today to watch Andy Roddick take on Kevin Anderson.

Pippa Middleton and George Percy at the AEGON Tennis Championship at Queen's Club (Getty Images)

I’m of two minds when it comes to Pippa. On the one hand, she seems like a hell of a lot of fun, and she looks fabulous in clothes. On the other, the current interest in her seems totally press-driven to me — am I wrong? Do you genuinely care what’s going with with the Pip? (Also, I want to scrub the orange tan off her and slather her in antioxidants. Wear some sunscreen, babe!)

Pippa Middleton leaves the Goring Hotel on Tuesday for the launch of Basil's Bar, a replica of the famous bar on Mustique. She wears the same LK Bennett Sledge2 Nude Court shoes that Kate wore to the Epsom Derby. (Splash News)

At the end of the day, when it comes to the Middleton sisters, I must confess, my heart (and beauty-envy) will always be with Kate. Still, Pippa makes a great sideshow.

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  1. Tamara

    I don’t know why, but when I saw the dress, my first thought was Blair Waldorf. It just seems like something she would wear to a party. It looks gorgeous on Kate – like I’m surprised, I don’t know that anything could look terrible on her, except maybe high-waisted pleated pants (because they look terrible on anyone and everyone). I’m sort of buying into the Pippa frenzy, mainly because she seems so much more accessible than Kate.

  2. Kates looking a bit TOO thin for me. Her arms and legs look great, but her waist is kinda scary, like her proportions are off. Love the dress nevertheless! Great color for her!

  3. Tamara, you’re right: I can totally see Blair Waldorf wearing that! (Note to self: I am MONTHS behind on my Gossip Girl. Must catch up.) Pippa does seems more accessible than Kate, that’s true. I’ve found myself more interested in her lately, as well…but Kate’s still my girl.

    Betsy, I agree, she’s incredibly thin! Must be a lot of pressure with the entire world’s eyes on you–plus she’s known to work-out daily–so it’s not very surprising. Still, she looks gorgeous!

  4. Tamara

    Well that explains the deja vu. People has a small feature on other celebrities who have recently worn a Jenny Packham dress and one of them was Leighton Meester in character which explains my Blair deja vu – she wore it on one of, the final episodes of the season and the flutter sleeves are very similar. I won’t spoil it for you, but there’s a pretty memorable scene when she’s wearing the dress.

  5. Tamara

    Oh and Betsy, I was going to say that I agree. I think Kate tends to gravitate toward dresses like empire waists and A-lines, which make her waist look even tinier than it already is. Nadine, I agree, the daily workouts are obviously working for her, but I think she’s also very genetically fortunate. Her and Pippa are quite tall and still so tiny, as is their mom (mum?) I’m 6 feet and there’s no chance I could ever be that small. Kate can pull it off but I would like frighteningly ill at their size.