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Kate shines in an elegant silver gown as she takes part in a formal evening wear ceremony with Prince William on the final leg of the royal tour

KATE Middleton dazzled in an elegant silver gown as she attended an evening wear ceremony with Prince William.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out to attend a reception in the Bahamas final leg of their tour of the Caribbean.

Kate Middleton dazzled in a silver dress

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Kate Middleton dazzled in a silver dressPhoto credit: Getty
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Phillipa Lepley gown

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Phillipa Lepley gownPhoto credit: Getty
Kate and Prince William are on a seven-day tour of the Caribbean

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Kate and Prince William are on a seven-day tour of the CaribbeanPhoto credit: Rex

The Duchess wore a Phillipa Lepley gown, part of her couture wedding collection.

The royal couple attended a reception hosted by the Governor General of the Bahamas, Sir Cornelius Smith, on day seven of the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean.

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Speaking to assembled dignitaries, he recalled spending his “best vacation ever” with Princess Diana in the Bahamas.

The Duke addressed VIPs at the Governor-General’s reception amid protests by pro-Republican activists across the Caribbean.

Discussing the singing movement that has married the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tour, he said: “We proudly support and respect your decisions about your future.”

“I came here with my mom as a kid.” Snorkeling around the James Bond wrecks off Nassau left me with the most vivid memory of their beautiful blue waters.

“For a little boy obsessed with 007, it was the best vacation ever.”

Addressing the mood across the Caribbean, he added, “I know next year you are all looking forward to celebrating fifty years of independence – your golden anniversary.”

“And as Jamaica celebrates 60 years of independence this year and Belize celebrates 40 years of independence last year, I want to say this – we proudly support and respect your decisions about your future.

“Relationships develop. Friendships endure.”

Previously, Kate looked stunning as she arrived at a primary school in the Bahamas and joked that they brought the English weather with them amid the downpour.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a light pastel green dress as she hid under an umbrella from the torrential rain.

When the couple arrived at Sybil Strchan Elementary School in Nassau, they joked that they brought “the English rain” with them on the royal tour.

Kate grinned as she greeted students and teachers, wearing the Self Portrait dress and jewelry designed by Nadia Irena of the Bahamas.

At the gathering, the Duchess said: “I hope you didn’t get too wet coming here and sorry for bringing that British weather with you.

“The pandemic has taken you away from your classrooms and your friends, and learning from home has had its challenges.

“That is why it is so wonderful that after an absence of almost two years you have recently returned to school and are reunited with your teachers and friends.

“I always think it’s the simple things in life that bring the most joy: playing together, chatting with friends at school, eating together, listening to each other’s stories.

“Our three children, George, Charlotte and Louis all love being by the sea so I hope they can experience your clear waters and beautiful beaches soon.

“But as much as you get to enjoy these natural wonders, I know the last few years have not been easy for many of you.

“I also wanted to say a big thank you to your parents, guardians and teachers today. I’m sure they’ve been hit hard by the pandemic too, but they’re doing one of the most important jobs out there.”

Kate smiled as the couple attended school in the Bahamas

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Kate smiled as the couple attended school in the BahamasPhoto credit: Getty
The couple have brought the bad English weather with them, the couple joked

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The couple have brought the bad English weather with them, the couple jokedPhoto credit: Getty
Kate looked stunning in the light green pastel dress

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Kate looked stunning in the light green pastel dressPhoto credit: Getty

The couple is on day seven of their eight-day Caribbean tour, which began Saturday and ends tomorrow, and has seen them visit Belize and Jamaica.

Both Kate and Wills reverted to their youth as they sat at desks during the visit before attending a morning meeting at school.

The school, which was established in 1989 and has over 700 students from preschool through 6th grade, was closed along with other schools for almost two years due to COVID-19.

Children had to complete their classes virtually from March 2020 to January 2022.

Upon arrival, the couple were greeted by an “honor guard” of school children alongside Education Secretary Glenys Hanna-Martin and Headmaster Ricardo Rolle.

The couple will also take to the water later in the day to compete in a regatta in honor of the Queen’s platinum jubilee and are expected to compete.

The Duke and Duchess are also visiting key staff and frontline workers at an informal meeting at the Garden of Remembrance, also in the capital, to hear about their experiences of the pandemic.

Later that evening they will attend a formal dinner hosted by Governor-General Sir Cornelius Smith, which will be attended by community leaders.

Today’s event comes after that William delivered a landmark speech on the horrors of slavery.

The 39-year-old Duke turned to politicians in the face of ongoing unrest across the country and called for the Royal family to apologize and pay billions of pounds in reparations.

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He told guests at a formal banquet last night that “it should never have happened”.

Then he repeated the words of his father, who branded the slave trade a “blot on our history” four months ago when the Caribbean neighbor Barbados declared itself a republic.

The Duchess grinned at the school children throughout the gathering

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The Duchess grinned at the school children throughout the gatheringPhoto credit: Getty
They met with schoolchildren from the Sybil Strchan Elementary School

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They met with schoolchildren from the Sybil Strchan Elementary SchoolPhoto credit: Getty

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