Duchess of Cambridge ‘flirts’ with city traders in high heels at charity event

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kate’s got competition! Duchess collapses in a fit of giggles as she meets traders in high heels during charity event in the CityThe 33-year-old mom of two hit the ground phones running while competing against her husband to raise the most money during ICAP’s Charity Day Wednesday at London’s trading floor.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were left a little surprised when a pair of City brokers swapped pinstripe suits for high heels and hotpants for a charity fundraising day.Standing next to a line of men dressed in smart jackets, denim hot pants and heels, Prince William managed to gain his composure enough to secure a deal worth 500 million Czech Krona. William and Kate joined a host of celebrities – from Samantha Cameron to Earl Spencer – at the annual event for the global brokerage firm Icap where staff come dressed as weird and wonderful characters.

The lovebirds, who have been married for four years, spiced things up during their public appearance when the British royal suddenly caught his wife getting a little flirty on the phone while speaking to a broker and trying to firm up a business transaction to out-earn her husband. “Catherine, I think you can stop flirting with them now!” Prince William joked in front of the group as Middleton giggled and playfully bantered on the phone, according to a report from Hello!. The Duchess was sporting a new look for the occasion, with her hair about two inches shorter than her last appearance, and was wearing an outfit by LK Bennett. The Duke kept his mind on closing the deal but as soon as the work was over curiosity got the better of him and he quizzed a broker about his fancy dress. I certainly took her advice on that one.” In fact, Middleton knew exactly how he felt—she was wearing black suede pumps of her own along with a teal dress and peplum jacket ensemble she recycled from 2012.

Broker Dan Lebeau, who had guided William through the trade as he stood up in 3in heels, said: “He was saying to me, basically ‘where did you get them from?’. As a result the royal couple agreed to tour the ICAP offices and meet costume-clad brokers, each vying for the most outrageous outfit, as they traded across a range of asset classes. The event raises millions for good causes and among the recipients were charities associated with the Cambridges – SkillForce, of which William is patron, and SportsAid and Place2Be, of which Kate is patron.

The couple laughed and giggled as they met groups of outlandishly dressed brokers, none more so than the ‘moneysupermarket.com’ men of the Central European MIRS Desk, who deal in interest rate swaps. The team had based their costumes on the infamous television advert which shows a man gyrating down the street in stilettos to the Pussycat Dolls tune ‘Don’t Cha (wish your girlfriend was hot like me).’ Nigel Halligan displayed his hairy pins to the Duchess – but kicked off his heels the minute she left, saying: ‘I really don’t know how you women do it! Are you sure you don’t come in like this every day?’ Kate, meanwhile, displayed a less aggressive tone, asking her trader on the end of the phone: ‘Good morning, how are you?’ and passing a few more pleasantries before sealing the deal. Before the couple hit the floor again there was time for a quick game of mixed doubles table tennis with British bright hopes Marcus Giles and Denise Payet, courtesy of SportsAid who had brought a table into the City offices. ‘Come on, lets try and have more than a rally of more two goes,’ teased William, adding to his famously competitive wife: ‘You’re not normally this polite when we normally play.’ Ian Hunt, dressed as Homer Simpson, left Kate speechless when he told her that she and her husband had just conducted a deal with two British banks worth 200 billion Euros each – part of a two to four trillion Euro deal in a huge de-risking exercise across the financial markets.

It’s good to speak to you again.’ Before they left there was just time to join a group of traders dressed in lederhosen. ‘It’s a bit crazy down this end, lots of funny fancy dress,’ exclaimed the prince. Some said the cropped style looked healthy and fresh, whilst others hailed it ‘boring.’ Although that might not seem a radical departure for many, it’s brave move for the Duchess who has sported the same style, which used to flow way past her shoulders, since she was a teenager. At the time well-regarded crimper Tess Boyle – who used to cut Prince William’s hair when he was a boy and is now based at the Jo Hansford salon in Mayfair frequented by the Duchess of Cornwall – praised the move but urged Kate to go shorter. Commenting on the new look she said today: ‘We absolutely love Kate’s fresh new style – it looks fabulous now that she has taken a few inches off of the length.

Andrew Jose, award-winning hairdresser and Brand Ambassador for Salon Science said: ‘Kate looks incredible with this new low maintenance and effortless ‘midi’ style. Easy to style and simple to maintain, it’s no wonder with two small children why Kate has opted for this do. ‘Known for her signature long flowing mane of hair, Kate’s hair had become very long, which was making it look flat at the crown whilst swamping her features. It also accentuates her cheekbones and draws attention to her eyes. ‘Not only has this new cut given Kate’s hair more bounce and shape, but it instantly makes her hair look healthier. By simply snipping off the damaged ends of hair which are chronologically much older than the mid lengths, it can be quite transformative. ‘2015 has definitely been the year of the shorter cut and Kates new look is no exception!

Among the other famous faces attending the event are William’s uncle, Earl Spencer – who left before his nephew arrived – Samantha Cameron, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders. The chaotic scenes on the trading floor were a far cry from the white-tie Diplomatic Reception held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace last night that the couple attended. Arriving at the Queen’s annual Diplomatic Reception in a chauffeur-driven Bentley, Kate was wearing, appropriately, the dazzling diamond and pearl Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, once owned by Princess Diana. It was a copy of one owned by her grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, who married the first Duke of Cambridge, seventh son of King George III, in 1818. In 1981 she gave it as a wedding present to Prince William’s mother, Diana, who wore it for the first time at the state opening of parliament that November.

Buckingham Palace was unable to confirm last night whether the tiara had reverted to the Queen on Diana’s death and had now been given to Kate, or whether it was just on loan for the night. The tiara has a strong French influence, made to a new-classical design on 19 open work diamond arches and enclosing an oriental pearl drop from a diamond lover’s knot bow, surrounded by single diamonds and upright oval pearl spikes.

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