All while being a reassuring mother.
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Kate Middleton Black White Polka-Dot Dress and Princess Charlotte Prince Philip Memorial
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The work of a royal never seems to be done. Especially for Kate Middleton, who wears many hats (literally) as duchess, patron, style icon, and of course, mother. On Tuesday, the Cambridge family (minus Prince Louis) attended Prince Philip's memorial service at Westminster Abbey. For the occasion, Middleton pulled out an elegant black-and-white, polka-dot dress with cottagecore aesthetic designed by one of her go-to brands, Alessandra Rich.

The long-sleeved garment had puff shoulders — one had three silver buttons — and a matching belt that hit above the drop-waist that became a pleated skirt hitting right at her shins. Her black suede pointy-toe pumps complemented the piece and the duchess accessorized with pearl drop earrings, a beige clutch, black gloves, and a matching wide-brim sun hat adorned with ivory foliage. Her dark curls were tucked inside her fascinator in an intricately woven updo.

As the family walked into the historical building that also hosted the 1947 nuptials of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Kate held her daughter's hand. The 6-year-old Princess Charlotte, who took after her mother in a monochromatic moment, crossed the cobblestone sidewalk with a serious expression fixed on her face, but her mother soon reassured her. An expert lip reader told Daily Mail that Kate quietly said, "You can smile." Kate's husband, Prince William, held their eldest son Prince George's hand.

Earlier this month, Page Six reported that the Cambridge's relatives the Sussexes would not be traveling across the pond for the event due to a lack of security services provided to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's family. "The Duke will not be returning to the U.K. in late March, but hopes to visit his grandmother as soon as possible," a spokesperson for the Sussexes said in a statement.