Prince William and Kate pose for photographers gathered for their arrival at the Ark gala dinner Thursday night. (Getty Images)
PHOTO GALLERY: A night at the gala
This is where you separate the royals from the rest – a black tie, $16,000-a-head banquet at Kensington Palace.
The royals –- in this case the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge –- did not disappoint.
The occasion on Thursday evening was a gala dinner for the charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK). Prince William and Kate were the guests of honour, representing the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which raises sustainable funds for charitable grants.
The Duchess was dressed for the occasion in a pink cap-sleeve gown by designer Jenny Packham that the Telegraph says retails for about $6,000. Prince William played escort in a dinner jacket and bow tie.
The couple arrived in a Jaguar limousine and were greeted by Arpad Busson, the financier who founded the charity in 2002, and hordes of photographers asking the royal couple to pose. They obliged.