Kate dazzled in a white off shoulder Barbara Casasola dress, pairing her look with £525 silver embellished Jimmy Choo heels as she strutted in to the event venue at London’s Somerset House. Despite London’s dreary weather, the Duchess was glowing from head to toe sporting a sophisticated blowout and soft glam make up, accessorising her look with £3400 blue topaz and diamond hoop earrings from Kiki McDonough. Kate, 37, attended the first annual gala dinner in recognition of Addiction Awareness Week, hosted by Action on Addiction and Michelin-star winning chef Skye Gyngell.
Thrifty Kate once wore the same £1,580 pin-stripe dress when she presented the Art Fund Museum of the Year prize in 2016.
The Duchess was seen chatting to staff who were employed to create the dinner menu for the evening soirée. Some of the cooks were clients from Action on Addiction, who were hired as apprentices to help Spring Restaurant’s head chef and owner Skye Gyngell prepare delicious meals for guests.
Kate spoke about the importance of helping family members who have been affected by addicition.
Kate attended a gala reception dinner today at at Phillips Gallery in London (Image: GETTY)
Kate braved London’s dreary weather at today’s gala dinner (Image: GETTY)
She met with Jay Otty, who has been sober for nine years after taking part in the charity’s self-help and addiction recovery programme.
He now works as front of house staff a Liverpool’s first dry bar, The Brink.
She also spoke to Melanie Bennett, who struggled with substance abuse following the death of her father but sought help through the charity’s recovery programme.
The duchess described Action on Addiction as “the catalyst” for her interest in early childhood development.
Kate spoke to kitchen helpers, who were tasked to prepare the evening menu (Image: GETTY)
Kate spoke about the importance of helping children whose family have suffered from addiction (Image: GETTY)
In a speech, she said: “Having met so many people who’ve suffered from addiction, I have seen over and over again that, sadly, the root causes can so often be traced right back to the very earliest years of someone’s life.”
She continued: “Trauma experienced in early childhood, in some cases, as a result of separation, abandonment, abuse, or even emotional neglect, can have a lasting effect.”
She added: “Sadly, for many who are suffering with addiction, they just don’t receive the help they need early enough.”
Kate has been a patron of the charity since 2012 (Image: GETTY)
Action on Addiction is a UK-based charity that aims to help those with drug and alcohol addictions through research, prevention, aftercare as well as family support.
It also helps others whose lives are blighted by addiction to gambling and other behaviours.
Kate has been a patron of the charity since January 2012, and is one of her earliest patrons.
Addiction Awareness Week runs from June 10-16 and aims to raise public awareness about the issues surrounding addiction, as well as and to engage with people and families affected.