Last night Kate Middleton made a rare official appearance with Queen Elizabeth II, which is always exciting because we like to see what the Duchess of Cambridge wears when she is on her absolute best behavior. The dynamic duo hosted a dramatic arts reception at Buckingham Palace for all the U.K.’s best actors, including Helen Mirren.
We were keeping an eye out for the event because we half expected the Duchess of Cambridge to have gotten herself a sudden haircut since the last time we saw her, as her in-laws have reportedly been complaining about the length of her shiny locks. But her hair looked just as long as before when she appeared a red Alexander McQueen dress that is one of our favorites, despite being a modified version of a dress made famous by Kim Kardashian.
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing this dress differently this time. Last time we saw it, she wore it with a Fancy British Lady hat–which we always enjoy–and the nude heels that were for a long time her signature accessory. We haven’t seen her leg-elongating nude heels in a while, though, and last night she wore a pair of single-soled black pumps with lower than usual heels. The one thing we can’t get over is the shiny pantyhose someone has put her in, because the way the light reflects off them makes her look like she is tottering around on slightly discolored Barbie legs.
There’s nothing at all wrong with Kate Middleton’s legs at all; we are just opposed to shiny, sheer, “nude” pantyhose as a rule. The reflective finish gives the legs an odd sheen that makes even Kate Middleton’s perfect legs look odd and inhuman. They are best left to Olympic ice skaters and 1980s flight attendants.
The Queen wore a bright blue dress and a sapphire brooch that is worth more than Google. She also wore pantyhose, but hers were not shiny.