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Kate Middleton Champions British Designers on Her First Day in NYC

The Duchess of Cambridge made safe -- and patriotic -- fashion choices.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally landed in New York for their fast and furious three-day visit. The pair flew British Airways into JFK like regular folk, and arrived Sunday evening at Manhattan's Carlyle hotel, where crowds of devout royal fans had accumulated to greet them. 

Does their arrival at the hotel count as an official appearance? I think so, especially since they kindly entered through the main entrance instead of the underground one. Fresh off the long flight, Kate looked lovely in a custom maternity coat from British label Seraphine. Made from a dark violet and metallic tweed fabric, the coat shone in the glare of the paparazzi cameras, as did her bountiful, curled hair. She paired it with black suede pumps and a clutch, both from Stuart Weitzman. 

Check out a video from the British Consulate General New York's Instagram account, which captures the couple's arrival at the hotel and the screaming fans who greeted them:

But there was no rest for the travel-weary and pregnant Duchess. On Sunday night, the couple attended a dinner at a private residence in Gramercy Park benefitting their own Royal Foundation. For this event, Kate wore a black lace dress from Beulah London, which retails for $1,011.60. With its transparent black lace sleeves, the knee-length dress was elegant, but a bit boring.

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Monday will provide many opportunities for Kate sightings in NYC; she'll be on her own during her husband's one-day jaunt to Washington, D.C. and has plans to visit the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem with Chirlane McCray and attend a luncheon at the British Consul General's home in midtown. But it won't be all work and no play: Will will be back from D.C. in time to catch a Brooklyn Nets game with his wife at the Barclays Center -- where I can only hope the couple will have a well-documented conversation with our own royals, Beyonce and Jay-Z.