By REBECCA ENGLISH, ROYAL CORRESPONDENT
Charity work: The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at Centrepoint's homeless shelter in Camberwell, London
After her appearance as belle of the ball earlier this week, it was a more sober look for the Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to a homeless shelter today.
Three days after she dazzled in a £4,000 black velvet evening dress at a military awards, Kate sported a Ralph Lauren olive green jersey dress, clinched at her tiny waist with a thick black belt, and knee length black suede boots as she accompanied her husband, Prince William on a visit to Centrepoint’s Camberwell Foyer centre in Camberwell, south east London.
The prince also abandoned his habitual suit for blue cords and a jumper and shirt.
Campaigner: Prince William is now patron of the organisation which works with young homeless people and two years ago spent the night sleeping rough publicise the plight of the homeless at Christmas
Kate was given some pretty flowers during the visit. Centrepoint is one of her husband's oldest patronages and is particularly dear to his heart - he used to visit homeless shelters with his mother
The Duchess of Cambridge’s wool and cashmere turtle-neck dress cost £350 from Ralph Lauren’s Blue Label collection.
It has already sold out online in several sizes and is now only available in large and extra-large.
Kate is wearing the ‘tumbell brown melange’ shade.
In organising the engagement shortly before they headed off for the traditional royal Christmas at Sandringham, the royal couple were following in the footsteps of Princess Diana.
William and Kate talk to Centrepoint's Chief Executive Sevi Obakin (right) as they leave the charity
As a young boy the prince and his younger brother, Harry, were regularly taken by their late mother on private visits to Centrepoint hostels across the capital to better understand the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.
William is now patron of the organisation which works with young homeless people and two years ago spent the night sleeping rough publicise the plight of the homeless at Christmas.
Aides say William has long been keen to introduce Kate to the charity’s work in action.
William kept Kate entertained and at ease during the visit, and talked of the children they are planning together
‘It is one of the prince’s oldest patronages and is particularly dear to his heart. He has been keen to show the Duchess the charity’s work in action. It will be the first time she has visited a project of this kind in this country and she has been looking forward to it immensely,’ said one.
William was already familiar with the Camberwell centre the couple toured yesterday, having made a private visit in 2003 when he was 21.
Just like his father, Prince Charles, William couldn't resist throwing a few shapes on his visit - much to Catherine's amusement
Prince Harry might have cringed at his brother's moves, but you cannot criticise him for not giving his all
William and Kate took part in a healthy living cookery class making low fat festive mince pies and gingerbread
When Kate discovered that it was Tasha Barbi's 18th birthday she made her a heart-shaped cookie covered in hundreds and thousands.
'It's your birthday cookie,' she said.
'I am never going to eat it,' Tasha said afterwards.
They concluded their visit watching a performance by the winner of ‘Centrepoint’s Got Talent’.
Just like his father, Prince Charles, William couldn't resist throwing a few shapes on his visit.
The couple looked at home in the kitchen and Kate even made a heart-shaped birthday cookie for a girl who was turning 18 today
Birthday girl Tasha Barbi shows off the cookie given to her by the Duchess