Duchess Kate is simply stunning in royal blue

The Duchess of Cambridge inspires both the fashion and sporting worlds at a SportsAid charity event.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, attends SportsAid's 40th anniversary dinner on June 9, 2016 in London. Eddie Mulholland | WPA Pool | Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge was the picture of refinement when she welcomed guests at Kensington Palace to celebrate the 40th anniversary of SportsAid, a charity she has been patron of since 2013. The evening saw British athletes past and present gather to highlight the importance of this worthy cause, aiming to fund and give recognition to sporting hopefuls in British athletics.

The Duchess will meet SportsAid ambassadors and young athletes who will be competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics at a pre-dinner reception, as well as some of the charity’s key supporters.

The Duchess met SportsAid ambassadors and young athletes who will be competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics at a pre-dinner reception. Eddie Mulholland | WPA Pool | Getty Images

Inviting guests to her own beautiful home and gardens, Kate brought a touch of glamour to the occasion with a floor-length, figure skimming Roland Mouret dress, with cut-out shoulder details giving a youthful but elegant edge. Accessorizing with Cartier tri-color hooped diamond earrings, a small black clutch and a pair of Gianvito Rossi black heels, Kate was the epitome of style.

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The charity, which was launched in 1976, has been a great success with two thirds of the British Olympic and Paralympic squad in 2012 benefiting from SportsAid funding. With the Duchess of Cambridge’s well-documented love of sport (especially in heels!) she is the perfect choice of patron for the charity. And while she dazzled guests and the news-world alike in her slightly more daring gown, what really stole the show was Kate’s message on the power of sport.

“I love the physical challenge sport presents and the mental strength it gives us all. And I love the way it so often brings people together to work as part of a team. I suspect many of you in this room may feel the same,” she added, “By [SportsAid] investing in young sporting talent, they ensure that there is a strong pipeline of inspirational heroes.”

Inspirational heroes indeed! What parent wouldn’t want their child to take inspiration and motivation from sporting champions both home and abroad? And with Rio 2016 just around the corner there will be many young (and old) sports fans putting on their running shoes, or fixing up their bikes, in a bid to challenge themselves and achieve their own sporting goals. Although they may never make it to the Olympics we’re sure these young champs will be heroes in their parents’ eyes!

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge attends SportsAid’s 40th anniversary dinner on June 9, 2016 in London, England.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, in the grounds of Kensington Palace during the SportsAid charity event, London. Eddie Mulholland | WPA Pool | Getty Images

Cerith Gardiner
Cerith Gardiner
Cerith Gardiner was born in London and has been living in Paris for 14 years. She spends her time working as an English consultant, acting as taxi driver to her four children, and wondering if she'll ever be as stylish as the French.

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