Kate Middleton Stunning in £2,075 by Alexander McQueen at Berlin Garden Party

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Cheers, Your Majesty! Kate and William raise a glass to the Queen’s birthday as Duchess stuns in an off-the-shoulder scarlet gown at a Berlin garden party

  • Duke and Duchess are celebrating the Queen’s birthday with party at the British ambassador’s residence
  • Kate, 35, wore a chiffon maxi dress by Alexander McQueen, down from £2,075 to £1,453 in the sale
  • Family bid farewell to Poland today where they’ve spent two days celebrating the nation’s history, culture
  • George and Charlotte seen for the second time on royal tour, after arriving with their parents on Monday
  • Couple visited Brandenburg Gate and Holocaust memorial today before private meeting Angela Merke

She has been dabbling with more daring outfit choices of late – but the Duchess of Cambridge played it safe tonight in a voluminous red gown at a party held in honour of the Queen’s birthday.

Kate, 35, turned once again to her go-to designer Alexander McQueen, in a chiffon maxi dress currently on sale for £1,453, and a pair of Prada shoes as she arrived at the reception alongside husband William.

The Queen's birthday falls in April but official celebrations fall later on in the year. This is the second party that the couple have attended in her honour
The Queen’s birthday falls in April but official celebrations fall later on in the year. This is the second party that the couple have attended in her honour
Smiling Kate looked to be in good spirits tonight as Berlin rolled out the red carpet for their VIP visitors. The couple both raised a toast to the Queen
Smiling Kate looked to be in good spirits tonight as Berlin rolled out the red carpet for their VIP visitors. The couple both raised a toast to the Queen
Cheers! Kate raises a glass during William's speech where he spoke of his desire for the UK and Germany to remain 'firmest of friends' despite Brexit
Cheers! Kate raises a glass during William’s speech where he spoke of his desire for the UK and Germany to remain ‘firmest of friends’ despite Brexit
Kate opted for a gypsy-style off-the-shoulder red gown at the garden party tonight - a far cry from the plunging neckline she was sporting earlier in the week
Kate opted for a gypsy-style off-the-shoulder red gown at the garden party tonight – a far cry from the plunging neckline she was sporting earlier in the week
The glamorous royal, who has been dazzling in a series of bespoke frocks this week, opted for a bargain from Alexander McQueen
The glamorous royal, who has been dazzling in a series of bespoke frocks this week, opted for a bargain from Alexander McQueen
The glamorous royal, who has been dazzling in a series of bespoke frocks this week, opted for a bargain from Alexander McQueen
The glamorous royal, who has been dazzling in a series of bespoke frocks this week, opted for a bargain from Alexander McQueen
The glamorous royal, who has been dazzling in a series of bespoke frocks this week, opted for a bargain from Alexander McQueen
The glamorous royal, who has been dazzling in a series of bespoke frocks this week, opted for a bargain from Alexander McQueen
A right royal welcome! The couple have been warmly received on every stop of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany so far and, earlier today
A right royal welcome! The couple have been warmly received on every stop of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany so far and, earlier today

The couple are attending the sumptuous party at the British Ambassador’s residence in Berlin for a belated celebration of the British monarch’s 91st birthday at the end of their action-packed first day in Germany.

The Queen’s birthday falls in April but official celebrations take place later on in the summer, and the British Embassy in Berlin mark it each year with a party – even in the monarch’s absence.

In a speech tonight, William spoke of his desire for the UK and Germany to remain ‘firmest of friends’ despite Brexit.

He said: ‘This relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany really matters. It is the product of many years of working closely together. It will continue despite Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union. I am confident we shall remain the firmest of friends.’

She has been dabbling with more daring outfit choices of late – but the Duchess of Cambridge played it safe tonight in a voluminous red gown at a party held in honour of the Queen’s birthday.

Kate, 35, turned once again to her go-to designer Alexander McQueen, in a chiffon maxi dress currently on sale for £1,453, and a pair of Prada shoes as she arrived at the reception alongside husband William.

The couple are attending the sumptuous party at the British Ambassador’s residence in Berlin for a belated celebration of the British monarch’s 91st birthday at the end of their action-packed first day in Germany.

The Queen’s birthday falls in April but official celebrations take place later on in the summer, and the British Embassy in Berlin mark it each year with a party – even in the monarch’s absence.

In a speech tonight, William spoke of his desire for the UK and Germany to remain ‘firmest of friends’ despite Brexit.

Addressing his hosts during a speech tonight, William said 'It is the product of many years of working closely together. It will continue despite Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union
Addressing his hosts during a speech tonight, William said ‘It is the product of many years of working closely together. It will continue despite Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union
William even practised his German during tonight's address, starting his speech by saying 'Vielen Dank, Herr Botschafter, Guten Abend, meine Damen und Herren
William even practised his German during tonight’s address, starting his speech by saying ‘Vielen Dank, Herr Botschafter, Guten Abend, meine Damen und Herren
British Ambassador to Germany Sebastian Wood also gave a speech to guests tonight, gesturing to his VIP visitors. The couple landed in Berlin this morning after two days in Poland
British Ambassador to Germany Sebastian Wood also gave a speech to guests tonight, gesturing to his VIP visitors. The couple landed in Berlin this morning after two days in Poland
British Ambassador to Germany Sebastian Wood also gave a speech to guests tonight, gesturing to his VIP visitors. The couple landed in Berlin this morning after two days in Poland
British Ambassador to Germany Sebastian Wood also gave a speech to guests tonight, gesturing to his VIP visitors. The couple landed in Berlin this morning after two days in Poland
The Duke and Duchess met guests from the worlds of business and culture, as well as representatives of the British Community in Germany during tonight's garden party in Berlin
The Duke and Duchess met guests from the worlds of business and culture, as well as representatives of the British Community in Germany during tonight’s garden party in Berlin
 The Duke and Duchess met guests from the worlds of business and culture, as well as representatives of the British Community in Germany during tonight's garden party in Berlin
The Duke and Duchess met guests from the worlds of business and culture, as well as representatives of the British Community in Germany during tonight’s garden party in Berlin The Duke and Duchess met guests from the worlds of business and culture, as well as representatives of the British Community in Germany during tonight’s garden party in Berlin

He said: ‘This relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany really matters. It is the product of many years of working closely together. It will continue despite Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union. I am confident we shall remain the firmest of friends.’

William added: ‘The United Kingdom and Germany proudly share the same values. Today, we share a fundamental interest in the peace and prosperity of the continent of Europe to which we both belong.’

This is the second party the couple have attended in the Queen’s honour following a lavish soirée in Warsaw on Monday evening, as the 91-year-old monarch continues to delegate public duties including tours to younger members of the royal family.

The royals have been warmly received on every stop of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany so far and, earlier this afternoon, thousands lined the Pariser Platz to catch a glimpse of the royals as they visited Berlin’s historic Brandenburg gate.

The couple were cheered as they arrived by around 2,000 people, many in fancy dress, who had stood in sweltering conditions to catch a glimpse of the royal visitors.

Some were lucky enough to chat to the Duke and Duchess when they went on a quick walkabout before posing for a picture with the monument in the background.

The royal couple spent nearly 20 minutes at the Brandenburg Gate, where they were greeted by the Mayor of Berlin, Michael Muller, and his daughter, Nina.

Earlier, the Duchess apologised to Angela Merkel for not speaking German as she arrived for ‘extended’ discussions with the chancellor.

The Queen, who could not be there tonight, sent out a message from Buckingham Palace, saying: ‘Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all of you gathered for this special Garden Party, on the occasion of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official visit to Germany.

‘We have fond memories of our five State Visits to Germany, from our first in 1965 to our most recent in 2015. Over the course of those 50 years, British-German relations have thrived, allowing us to fave the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the 21st century together.

‘I am delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will experience the beauty of this country and the warmth of its people when they visit Berlin, Hamburg and Heidelberg. I hope you all havea most enjoyable evening.’

The royal couple landed at Berlin Tegel airport this morning to begin their first official visit to Germany, accompanied by their children Charlotte and George
The royal couple landed at Berlin Tegel airport this morning to begin their first official visit to Germany, accompanied by their children Charlotte and George
The royals arrived in Poland on Monday as a foursome; this week's visit will likely be the final chance for them to travel together as a family on official duties
The royals arrived in Poland on Monday as a foursome; this week’s visit will likely be the final chance for them to travel together as a family on official duties
The royals arrived in Poland on Monday as a foursome; this week's visit will likely be the final chance for them to travel together as a family on official duties
The royals arrived in Poland on Monday as a foursome; this week’s visit will likely be the final chance for them to travel together as a family on official duties
William and Kate speak to General Secretary of DFB Friedrich Curtius
William and Kate speak to General Secretary of DFB Friedrich Curtius
The royals have been warmly received on every stop of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany so far and, earlier this afternoon, thousands lined the Pariser Platz to catch a glimpse of the royals
The royals have been warmly received on every stop of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany so far and, earlier this afternoon, thousands lined the Pariser Platz to catch a glimpse of the royals
The Duchess' vibrant chiffon dress from Alexander McQueen ensured she stood out from the sea of black suits during tonight's party
The Duchess’ vibrant chiffon dress from Alexander McQueen ensured she stood out from the sea of black suits during tonight’s party
The royals' arrival in Berlin this morning marks the beginning of the German leg of their five-day tour, with a visit to the Brandenberg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial
The royals’ arrival in Berlin this morning marks the beginning of the German leg of their five-day tour, with a visit to the Brandenberg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial
Addressing guests tonight, William gushed 'We have already had a fascinating first day here in Berlin. We have seen powerful symbols of the historical events which helped shape modern Germany
Addressing guests tonight, William gushed ‘We have already had a fascinating first day here in Berlin. We have seen powerful symbols of the historical events which helped shape modern Germany
Addressing guests tonight, William gushed 'We have already had a fascinating first day here in Berlin. We have seen powerful symbols of the historical events which helped shape modern Germany
Addressing guests tonight, William gushed ‘We have already had a fascinating first day here in Berlin. We have seen powerful symbols of the historical events which helped shape modern Germany
Kate, by contrast, was forced to apologise to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after admitting she did not speak German
Kate, by contrast, was forced to apologise to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after admitting she did not speak German
The Duchess was debuting her new 'Kob' hairstyle - Kate's personal take on the bob. She set social media alight last week after stepping out for a function at London's Natural History Museum
The Duchess was debuting her new ‘Kob’ hairstyle – Kate’s personal take on the bob. She set social media alight last week after stepping out for a function at London’s Natural History Museum

The Duke of Cambridge’s speech in full 

‘Vielen Dank, Herr Botschafter. Guten Abend, meine Damen und Herren (thank you, Ambassador, and good evening, ladies and gentlemen.)

‘It is a huge pleasure for Catherine and me to be with you on this occasion as we celebrate the birthday of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen.

‘It is just under a year since I was last in Germany, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Britain’s role in its creation. I am delighted to be able to return so soon – this time with Catherine, George and Charlotte.

‘We have already had a fascinating first day here in Berlin. We have seen powerful symbols of the historical events which helped shape modern Germany, and spoken with those who carry that that legacy forward today. I thank President Steinmeier and Chancellor Merkel for welcoming us so warmly.

‘We have also experienced the city beyond the monuments and corridors of power. This afternoon we visited the Strassenkinder project in east Berlin, which supports homeless children and young people. It reminds us of the difficulties faced by some of the most vulnerable people in society, even in prosperous countries such as Britain and Germany, and the value of both countries looking at examples of best practice in the other. 

During his speech tonight, William spoke of his desire for the UK to retain firm ties with Germany amid Brexit

‘We look forward to seeing more of this great city during our stay here. But we also want to get to know and understand Germany outside the capital. Tomorrow, we travel to Heidelberg, and on Friday to Hamburg.

‘Our visit will reflect, and I hope reinforce, the strong and wide-ranging ties between Britain and Germany. These include political, cultural, historical, commercial, sporting, academic and scientific links.

‘The United Kingdom and Germany proudly share the same values as open and democratic societies, and the same determination to champion those values and to defend them – not least through our very close defenceand security partnerships. Today, we share a fundamental interest in the peace and prosperity of the continent of Europe to which we both belong.

‘This relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany really matters. It is the product of many years of working closely together. It will continue despite Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union. I am confident we shall remain the firmest of friends.

‘With this confidence in mind, I am particularly pleased that the British and German governments have agreed to double their funding of UK-German Connection, the bilateral initiative for school and youth links. UK-German Connection was established after the State Visit of the Queen to Germany in 2004, and it provides a wide range of UK-German activities, networks and funding for schools and youth groups. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and we want to establish friendships between our young people that will last a lifetime.

The Duchess was debuting her new 'Kob' hairstyle - Kate's personal take on the bob. She set social media alight last week after stepping out for a function at London's Natural History Museum
The Duchess was debuting her new ‘Kob’ hairstyle – Kate’s personal take on the bob. She set social media alight last week after stepping out for a function at London’s Natural History Museum
The new hairstyle, around six inches off the overall length, created a real buzz when it first made an appearance at Wimbledon and was soon dubbed the 'Kob'
The new hairstyle, around six inches off the overall length, created a real buzz when it first made an appearance at Wimbledon and was soon dubbed the ‘Kob’
The chop revealed last week even seemed to be a few inches shorter than its first outing
The chop revealed last week even seemed to be a few inches shorter than its first outing
The Duchess, who usuallu favours a subtle makeup look, kept cosmetics to a minimum and let her dress do the talking
The Duchess, who usuallu favours a subtle makeup look, kept cosmetics to a minimum and let her dress do the talking

‘I should like to finish with a message that my grandmother The Queen has sent to you all for this evening, and which she asked me to read to you:

‘Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all of you gathered for this special Garden Party, on the occasion of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official visit to Germany.

‘We have fond memories of our five State Visits to Germany, from our first in 1965 to our most recent in 2015. Over the course of those fifty years, British-German relations have thrived, allowing us to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the 21st century together.

‘I am delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will experience the beauty of this country and the warmth of its people when they visit Berlin, Hamburg and Heidelberg.

‘I hope you all have a most enjoyable evening. Vielen Dank (thank you).’ 

Tonight's garden party was held at the picturesque British Ambassador's residence - tonight's function is an annual event, held every year in the German capital in honour of the Queen's birthday
Tonight’s garden party was held at the picturesque British Ambassador’s residence – tonight’s function is an annual event, held every year in the German capital in honour of the Queen’s birthday

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE

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