Duchess Kate Dazzles in a Red Dress with a Romantic History

It's not every dress that has this much of a backstory.

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Press Association

The Golden Couple at a charity evening in St. James' Palace on October 13.

We don't much care who made Prince William's evening clothes (but that might be the new dinner jacket he wore to his wedding reception). 

Avid royal watchers will note that Duchess Catherine looked smashing in one of her favorite silhouettes, the deep v-neck with a fitted torso. This time the silk jersey dress with chiffon sleeves came from Beulah London. 

Pretty dress, and it carries quite a history.

Turn the clock back to when Kate Middleton was a new undergraduate at St. Andrews in Scotland. Her first university boyfriend was law student and cricketer Rupert Finch. That romance faded, followed by a more serious relationship with a certain prince of the United Kingdom.

Fast forward to 2011: Kate and Rupert are still friendly. Rupert Finch is a London solicitor, dating Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, an old friend of Prince William's. Together Rupert and Lady Natasha attend the royal wedding. 

Lady Natasha, a marquess' daughter noted for her social conscience, has organized a dress company to provide work for Indian women who are the victims of the sex trade in India. 

The name of Lady Natasha's company? Beulah London-- the creators of Duchess Catherine's red dress. 

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Charlotte Germane dishes the dirt on gardening in newsletters, radio shows, newspapers, and blogs. Follow her on Twitter to get the latest trowel-full of news. She live-blogged the Royal Wedding for The Morton Report and has series of royalty columns here.

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