Duchess of Cambridge shines in role as Royal wife as she hosts table at Diamond Jubilee lunch in honour of the Queen

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-Duchess and each of senior royals placed at separate tables
-Kate wore slim-fitting Alexander McQueen dress designed by Sarah Burton
-Kate topped off demure outfit with hat by royal favourite milliner Jane Taylor
-Duchess to head table at Westminster reception lunch this afternoon

By Deborah Arthurs

Senior royals: The Duke and Duchess attended a Jubilee reception at the Guildhall following the morning service before hosting their own tables at a City of London Livery Companies lunch

The Duchess of Cambridge cemented her status as a senior royal today as she led one of the tables at the Westminster Hall lunch today held in honour of the Queen.

After a reception at Guildhall, Kate was one of a number of royals including Charles and Camilla who attended the City of London Livery companies lunch, held for some 700 guests representing abundant trades and professions, ranging from grocers and gunmakers to fruiterers and fishmongers.

Kate was placed at the Master Glovers and Pattenmakers table, a body founded in the 17th century as a trade association for the makers of pattens - under-shoes of wood and metal which were worn strapped beneath the shoes to raise the wearer out of the mud on the streets.

Prince William was at the Engineers and Arbitrators table, while Harry took his place at the Fruiterers and Gardeners table.

Guests at the lunch dined on marinated Uist Island salmon with Lyme Bay crab, followed by saddle of Welsh Cambrian Mountain lamb with braised shoulder of lamb, grilled Isle of Wight asparagus, Jersey Royal potatoes and an aptly named Jubilee sauce.

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Golden girl: Kate was joined by the Master Glovers and Pattenmakers at a special lunch to mark the final day of Jubilee celebrations

Playing host: William and Catherine were given key roles at today's lunch

Making an entrance: Kate follows fellow guests to attend a City of London Livery companies lunch at Westminster Hall

Flashback: Kate and Wills would have been reminded of their wedding day last April, the last time the two travelled in open top carriage together

Memories: Newlywed Kate and William made the same trip, from Westminster to Buckingham Palace last April

Earlier in the day, Kate looked stunning as she attended the Queen's thanksgiving service at St Paul's cathedral today in a nude lace dress by Alexander McQueen.

Kate wore the demure dress with a matching hat by Jane Taylor, a milliner fast becoming a firm favourite with the royals, and nude LK Bennett heels.

It was the third time she has worn an Alexander McQueen piece this weekend, having chosen something from the label, the same designer behind her lace wedding dress, at every Jubilee weekend celebration so far, from her red pageant outfit to the coat she wore over her Whistles dress for last night's concert.

The hat's designer, Jane Taylor, who also saw the Countess of Wessex wear one of her hats today said she was 'delighted'.

'Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex look stunning today.
'They both have a unique yet timeless sense of style and wear hats so well.

'It's the dream to have two members of they royal family wearing my pieces to such an important event.'

Kate and William were welcomed at the cathedral today by hundreds of well-wishers who had gathered outside the cathedral ahead of today's service in which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will give the sermon to mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne.

The Duke of Cambridge wore a morning suit to today's service to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

As one of the senior royals, Kate walked alongside William down the long aisle of St Paul's cathedral just ahead of the Queen as the monarch arrived for today's service.

Just behind Kate and William walked the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, with the Queen making her way down at the back of the royal procession.

Chic: The Duchess wore pearls at her ears, subtle make up and pretty Alexander McQueen lace dress

Royal blush: Kate shone in the slim-fitting dress, her slender waist accentuated by the ribbon belt

Stunning: The Duchess of Cambridge accessorised her Alexander McQueen dress with a net-trimmed hat by milliner Jane Taylor

Composed: Kate looked the epitome of ladylike elegance at the service this morning

Close: Kate leans in to chat to Harry, who looked to be suffering slightly from the effects of a later night during the service

Milliner Jane Taylor, said she was 'delighted' that Kate chose to wear one of her designs

A family affair: Kate talks with her brother-in-law Prince Harry as guests leave St Paul's Cathedral

Demure: Kate looked the epitome of ladylike chic at the service, earning her praise from fashion critics including Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council

Ladylike: Kate was flanked by Princes Harry and William in smart morning suits for the service at St Paul's today

Greeting: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are welcomed to St Paul's by the Lord Mayor of London

A real McQueen: Kate wore a dress designed by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton for the St Paul's service today

Beautiful in blush: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives with her husband the Duke

In mint condition: The Queen waves as she arrives in a limousine with one her ladies in waiting, Diana Marion, The Lady Farnham who replaces Prince Philip

The royal procession: Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Camilla, and the Queen make their way the length of the cathedral ahead of the service of Thanksgiving

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