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Lucky Stars: Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

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Velvet, particularly in rich hues, is a trend that seems to resurface every holiday season. And who better to make a case for the tactile fabric than Kate Middleton, who stepped out in this beautiful black Alexander McQueen dress at the Sun Military Awards in London over the weekend.

We love the sweetheart neckline of Kate's look and that she finished off her festive ensemble with a beautiful diamond-and-ruby necklace she received as a wedding gift. And even if McQueen's not quite in your budget, you can get the royal beauty's look for far less than a king's (er, duchess') ransom.

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