Shabby or chic? Kate turns heads in retro '70s-inspired gown

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share a joke in Stockholm. Source: Getty

When it comes to pregnancy style, the Duchess of Cambridge has got it down to an art. The royal turned heads in Stockholm overnight in a stunning 1970s-inspired gown complete with a ruffled neckline and flared sleeves.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Sweden for an official two-day tour of the Scandinavian country and wasted no time getting amongst the local activities, joining children for a game of bandy before heading to dinner at the British ambassador’s residence with Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.

The foursome posed for a photograph on their way into the grand dining room, and afterwards met with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his wife Ulla Löfven.

Kate’s mustard-coloured print dress stood out from the pack, while William chose a tuxedo for the evening.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge pose with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel of Sweden
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge pose with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel of Sweden. Source: Getty

Kensington Palace tweeted a photo of the smiling foursome as they arrived. 

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The private black tie dinner was a moment of reprieve for William and Kate or were greeted by hundreds of cheering fans upon arriving in Stockholm on Tuesday morning. Crowds gathered in the city centre with flags and flowers for the royal pair, with many no doubt hoping to catch a glimpse of Kate’s growing baby bump.

The Duchess looked fabulous in a forrest-green coat with a black fur hat to ward of the winter chill. She and William joined Victoria and Daniel for a walking tour of Stortorget Square, the city’s oldest public square before heading to ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, to attend an event celebrating architectural collaboration and the best of Swedish design.

Ahead of their arrival, the Palace said William and Kate wanted to experience Scandinavian life as the locals did and seemed more than happy to change into their sports clothes for a run around on the ice and a game of bandy — a popular winter game in Sweden.

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Never one to let her burgeoning bump get in the way, Kate earned the crowd’s applause by lining up the perfect shot and sinking a goal into the net. Even William, who’s proved to posses somewhat average sporting skills in the past, gave it a go.

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Tomorrow, the royal pair will take stock of Sweden’s pioneering work in the field of mental health and children’s wellbeing, and in particular how this translates into support for children and young teenagers going through the Swedish education system.

The couple have dedicated much of their own charity work towards mental health and have a keen interest in seeing how other countries around the world handle the issue.

In the evening, they’re expected to attend an event at the Fotografiska Gallery, which at night boasts glittering views over Stockholm, where William will deliver a speech.

What do you think of Kate’s dress? Are you a fan of the ’70s look?