Duchess of Cambridge wears McQueen in Birkenhead to visit RSS Sir David Attenborough

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Birkenhead today, for the naming ceremony of the ship the public voted to be named 'Boaty McBoatface'.

The research vessel, which has officially been named after Sir David Attenborough, will enable world-leading research to be carried out in Antarctica and the Arctic over the next three decades.

Their Royal Highnesses will meet a team of engineers from Cammell Laird who have been involved in the ship's build, including young apprentices.

The couple are accompanied by Sir David Attenborough, who will join them as they visit the flight deck to meet scientists who will demonstrate how the state-of-the-art equipment is used to carry out research while out at sea.

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BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough react to speeches during the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the naming ceremony of the polar research ship, which the public voted to call Boaty McBoatface, at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough react to speeches during the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough react to speeches during the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough react to speeches during the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the naming ceremony of the polar research ship, which the public voted to call Boaty McBoatface, at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the naming ceremony of the polar research ship, which the public voted to call Boaty McBoatface, at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge listens to speeches as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge listens to speeches as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with Sir David Attenborough as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with Sir David Attenborough as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough meet well wishers following the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers from children dressed as penguins as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reacts to children dressed as penguins as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Crowds gather as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Peter Byrne-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge join Sir David Attenborough as they attend the naming ceremony for the polar research ship the RSS Sir David Attenborough at the Cammell Laird shipyard on September 26, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Peter Byrne-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend the naming ceremony of Britain's new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough in Birkenhead, northwest England on September 26, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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The ceremony will see the Duchess, who is the ship's sponsor, smash a bottle of Champagne on the ship's hull - a tradition which dates back hundreds of years.

For the occasion, Kate opted to rewear her customised coat dress from Alexander McQueen. It is a clear favourite for the Duchess, who first debuted the coat back in 2014 when she attended a remembrance service for New Zealand's war dead.

Made from wool crepe fabric with a rayon and acetate blend, the coat is belted, features deep utility pockets and includes hidden buttons and snaps. Although Kate's version has been altered as it falls below the knee, is collared and includes a peplum pocket feature.

The coat costs a purse-bursting £2,345 and has, unsurprisingly, completely sold out.

To complete the look, the Duchess styled her coat with a £1,850 navy Asprey 1781 Pochette clutch bag, £395 block heel court shoes by Emmy London and £3,750 white gold and diamond drop earrings by Mappin & Webb.

The total cost of the Duchess' outfit is estimated at a whopping £8,495.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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