Kate Middleton Wears a White Lela Rose Dress to Black Tie Reception

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The Royal Family's tour of Australia is coming to an end, and one of the final events was a formal reception at Governor House, hosted by the Governor-General on Thursday.

So fancy. So swirly. Photo: Arthur Edwards,Pool/Getty

So fancy. So swirly. Photo: Arthur Edwards,Pool/Getty

The event was black tie, which can only mean one thing: Time to get fancy! 

The white cocktail dress Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore to the event was designed by Lela Rose. According to the company, it's from 2012, and thus no longer available for purchase. This is the first time Middleton has worn the American designer, which is a pretty major "get" for Rose. It's also a bit surprising that the Duchess didn't choose a British or Australian designer for such an important event.

It's pretty enough, but if we could have one quibble, we'd say that the dress doesn't fit her as well as it could. (If we had a second quibble, we'd say we wished she'd worn something full length.)

Just in time for bridal season, Middleton paired the dress with a rare updo. (It's very considerate of the Duchess to think of those who need updo inspiration for their special day with this swirly number.) It even echoes the circles of her dress, which just goes to show that Middleton may be the most well-thought-out dresser on the planet

Earlier in the day, Middleton wore a green Catherine Walker coat dress. According to What Kate Wore, it's a bespoke number created from two different pieces. It's the second time she's worn the designer this tour; the first was a red military coat worn for her arrival in New Zealand.

It's a really, really bright green -- one of Australia's national colors, as a matter of fact -- so she naturally paired it with...nude L.K. Bennett pumps. 

What's that guy in the back looking at? Photo: Anthony Devlin, Pool/Getty

What's that guy in the back looking at? Photo: Anthony Devlin, Pool/Getty

Middleton wore the coat dress for a reception with the Prime Minister, and to shovel some dirt/plant an oak tree. Word has it that Middleton said the coat was "very hot" in the Canberra sun. 

Hey, it's not DJing, but someone's gotta do it.