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It’s very common for the royal family to pay homage through their attire to a country they are visiting whilst being hosted abroad. So, it is no surprise that for the first night of their royal visit to Poland, the Duchess of Cambridge selected a dress by a Polish designer to wear to a Birthday Party for The Queen hosted by the Ambassador in Poland.

Looking chic and smart in head-to-toe monochrome, the Duchess selected an unusual midi-dress dress by Gosia Baczynska. The white evening dress featured a low v-neckline and delicate floral detail at the waist, with a more daring jagged line design nearer the hem.

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The designer was actually one of the guests at the party, so was present to see the Duchess debut her bespoke design that was made especially for Kate for the occasion.

The Duchess chose her Balenciaga earrings and a modern pearl necklace to wear with the dress for the evening. Kate first wore the pearls whilst on a royal tour in Paris with William earlier this year.

The striking dress may have won favour with those at the party, but it divided fashion fans online. While some heaped praise on the Duchess for her choice of outfit by a local designer, others questioned the unusual design of the dress.

“Very elegant dress! Perfect outfit” one said, while another said, “Different but appropriate for this visit.” Others wrote, “Not a fan of the dress at all” while some, despite not liking the dress said that they appreciated the Duchess, “picking a local designer” for part of her royal tour wardrobe.

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Earlier in the day, the Duchess had arrived in Poland in a gorgeous white suit dress by her go-to designer Alexander McQueen. Her choice to accessorize with a small red clutch bag was a subtle nod to the Polish national flag – of white the colours are red and white.

Throughout the evening, the Duke and Duchess were introduced to a mix of guests. Whilst chatting to attendees from the worlds of business, art, fashion & NGOs , they enjoyed music played by a Polish orchestra.

The Duke of Cambridge also made a speech at the special event, choosing to begin his address by greeting his fellow guests in Polish. He want on emphasise that, “there is much to celebrate about the warmth of the UK and Poland’s relationship.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge head to Gdansk in Poland today for the second day of their royal visit to the country.