Kate cuts a dash at glittering gala ball

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The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated some of Britain’s most promising Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls last night as she attended a glittering gala ball.

Kate looked chic and stylish as she arrived for the SportsAid fundraising dinner wearing a black patterned Alice Temperley dress – having left baby George at home.

The Duchess became the organisation’s patron earlier this year and in October visited the former Olympic Park to see young sportsmen and women taking part in workshops run by the charity at the Copper Box arena.

Among the sports guests at the black-tie do held at a venue overlooking London’s Victoria Embankment last night was former Paralympic wheelchair racer Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

The Duchess also met three outstanding young athletes nominated for the SportsAid One-to-Watch Award, including 18-year-old rower Jess Leyden, from Todmorden, who said of Kate: “She was just so amazing, so graceful.”