07/19/2012 07:35 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kate Middleton Visits National Portrait Gallery With Statement Necklace On (PHOTOS)

With the 2012 London Games just weeks away, everyone's getting into the Olympic spirit -- including Kate Middleton. The duchess hit up the National Portrait Gallery, of which she is a patron, to take in "Road to 2012: Aiming High," an exhibition documenting London's preparations for the Olympic games.

According to the Telegraph, "Road to 2012" is the Portrait Gallery's biggest photographic commission ever, a three-year project that captures the athletes and organizers of the event.

In short: it's a big deal. So it made sense that Catherine got decked out in her Olympic best, including a vivid blue sheath dress by Stella McCartney (both the color and designer match Team GB's Olympic uniforms, which McCartney created).

The duchess also surprised us with a rare piece of statement jewelry: a long, multi-strand hooper necklace by Cartier from her own wardrobe. According to the Daily Mail, "aides said she thought it appropriate to wear it today given the Olympic theme." Girl loves her a good theme outfit.

We adore this color on Kate (much better than her recent, rather unfortunate attempt at pale yellow) but are ambivalent about the necklace. Do you like Kate's medal-themed accessory?


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