Queen Elizabeth hosted a pre-Olympics reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday for Heads of State and Government prior to the opening ceremony.

I was excited to learn via Twitter that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wore Christopher Kane, but when I clicked through to the link, the picture I had conjured up in my head didn’t match the picture I saw in front of me.

The pale blue custom silk satin coat dress is very much what we expect from Kate – simple and event appropriate – but it‘s a world away from the edgy aesthetic which we associate with the Scottish designer Christopher Kane.

The single-breasted piece with long-sleeves, pockets and a belted waist is expertly tailored to give her a streamlined silhouette.

A nude box clutch and I’m guessing matching L.K. Bennett pumps completed her look.

I know many of you are constantly frustrated with the Duchess’ association with Alexander McQueen, so how do you feel about this look?

Should Kate stick to designers who suit her ladylike style aesthetic like Katherine Hooker and Emilia Wickstead or is she doing a good thing by introducing a wider audience to a designer like Christopher Kane?

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