Many of you know that one of my favorite subjects to cover is Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The 3 Cambridges have embarked on yet another Royal tour – this time with Prince George in tow. As it is his first of a lifetime of official royal engagements, Catherine and William will undoubtedly be rather protective of the young royal by limiting the amount of time that Prince George is in front of the cameras. However, with a 3-week tour stretching in front of us, this an exciting time for royal watchers as well as royal fashion watchers like myself, as we expect to see one or maybe even two looks each day from Kate.
Yesterday the family landed in Sydney after a 22 hour flight from London to quickly change planes for the 3 hour flight to New Zealand. Kate looked effortlessly chic, as usual, in a wrap dress from Max Mara that we last saw during the early stages of her pregnancy. She paired the dress with her what is believed to be the Manolo Blahnik suede BB in beige and, of course, her ever-present sheer tights. The Duchess does have her hairdresser traveling with her, Miss Amanda Cook Tucker, but I’m still stunned at how perfectly pulled together she looks after a 22 hour flight – with an 8 month old!
In Sydney, the group transferred to a Royal New Zealand Air Force flight that brought them to Wellington, New Zealand and will also be their transportation for the next 10 days. The family all took an opportunity on the flight to change – and as usual Kate stepped off of the 3 hour flight looking not a bit exhausted and perfectly turned out.
For her arrival in New Zealand the Duchess wore an elegant coat dress by Catherine Walker, a designer that has been favored by the royal family, and the late Princess Diana in particular, for decades. The Duchess was also wearing what looks to be a matching red dress underneath though we do not yet have details on that.
Kate also wore a pillbox style bespoke hat by Gina Foster, and her Emmy Shoes brown heels and matching suede clutch. She also wore a diamond and platinum fern broach on loan from the Queen, a gift given to the Queen in the 1950′s by the people of New Zealand. Finally, she polished off the look with her simple, yet elegant Kiki McDonough ‘Grace’ White Topaz and Diamond Stud earrings, which the Duchess has worn on many occasions in the past.
Finally, I had to share a few photos from their traditional Maori Powhiri Ceremonial Welcome at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand.
I love this one of the Duchess receiving a ‘hongi’, a traditional Maori greeting, by a Maori elder. I watched some video of the event, and when they were introduced, William just leaned into the ‘hongi’ – I am always impressed at how confident and well-schooled the Royals are on local traditions.
I am so looking forward to continuing to cover the fashion of the tour over the next three weeks! Be sure to check back for more Royal Tour 2014 coverage!