Kate Middleton at The Portrait Gala 2014

A Lesson in Elegantly Exiting a Car, by Kate Middleton

A Lesson in Elegantly Exiting a Car, by Kate Middleton

All eyes were on Kate Middleton when she arrived at the National Portrait Gallery's annual The Portrait Gala in London on Tuesday while wearing a navy-blue gown by Jenny Packham. This marks the Duchess of Cambridge's first official appearance of the New Year after taking an extended break after Christmas to go on vacation in the Caribbean with Prince George and her family. Kate is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery, so it's only fitting that she made sure her return to royal work would be for a cause close to her heart. Interestingly, she recycled her beautiful frock from another event at Kensington Palace back in October, the day after Prince George's christening. The necklace is reportedly Queen Elizabeth's Nizam of Hyderabad Cartier bauble, which would support the rumors that the queen is giving Kate a royal makeover, complete with more-regal jewelry. In addition to Tuesday's gala, Kate is slated to visit Northolt High School in London on Friday (aka Valentine's Day) to open the ICAP Art Room.

While Kate has been busy with vacations and planning royal appearances, her husband, Prince William, is currently weathering his first real scandal. The Duke of Cambridge is in hot water after he was spotted going on a wild-boar-hunting trip in Spain just a day before he launched a high-profile appeal with WWF UK to stop illegal wildlife hunting in Africa. While the young royal's hunt was not for an endangered species and was not technically illegal, some critics felt that it was an ill-timed event for William, who has been a strong supporter of conservation. William was joined on his trip by Prince Harry and his close friend Jecca Craig.

William will be back in the spotlight on Sunday, when he will attend the BAFTA Awards to present an award to Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of William's grandmother in 2006's The Queen.

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