Sep 152012

Kate and William are in Borneo’s rainforest today, they were choppered in to the remote area from their hotel in Kota Kinabalu, where they spent the night. Photographer Samantha Siow shares her photo as the helicopter prepares to lift off.

PHOTO: Samantha Siow Twitter Feed (@SamanthaPSiow)

In this Instagram photo by Sunshine Su Lin we see the pair being briefed after their arrival at the Danum Valley research location.

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin Instagram

The area they are visiting is part of the Royal Society’s South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP), photographer Sunshine Su Lin shared her photos on Twitter, almost like a virtual tour guide. In this next picture she says the pair were asking about conservation efforts in the Danum Valley and about the orangutans that so many are fascinated with.

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin

More from the Borneo Post:

After the half-an-hour briefing, the Royal couple, who were spotted with matching jungle-themed outfit, trekked into the rainforest to experience the area’s remarkable biodiversity for themselves.

William and Kate walked through the rainforest to reach the Danum Valley Research Center, which is located deep inside the rainforest and is run by the Royal Society.

This photo from the British High Commission’s Facebook page shows the couple as they walk through the forest, the remote area is in Sabah, one of two Malaysian states in Borneo.

UK in Malaysia Facebook Page

The Centre is staffed with both Malaysian and British scientists, as well as research students, among them 25 from Oxford University.

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin via UK in Malaysia Facebook page

The pair look a bit tired following the arduous schedule and stressors of the last several days, it is splendid to see them outside in an environment they love. Many thanks again to Sunshine Su Lin for tweeting her photo.

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin Instagram/Twitter (@Sunshinesulin)

More on the area from the Royal Society’s Facebook page, here we see a wide angle view of the Danum Valley Field Centre.

(c) Chien C. Lee, 2010 Royal Society Facebook Page

William is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and extremely interested in the work being done in the rainforest.

Also traveling with the Royal Tour, author, commentator and longtime reporter Robert Jobson, he tweeted this photo of William and Kate on a suspension bridge.

PHOTO: Robert Jobson Twitter Feed (@theRoyalEditor)

The bridge was not for those faint of heart, Mr. Jobson took the same route as Kate & William, he noted it is 80 feet above the ground.

PHOTO: Robert Jobson Twitter Feed (@TheRoyalEditor)

After making their way across the bridge, Kate and William prepared to be winched up an enormous tree, here they are being shown the gear to be used.

PHOTO: Samantha P. Siow Twitter (@SamanthaPSiow)

Again, Sunshine Su Lin updates us:

Sunshine Su Lin Twitter (@SunshineSuLin)

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin Instagram/Twitter

Another image from Sunshine Su Lin.

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin Twitter/Instagram

Samantha Siow posted this image of Kate and William exploring the rainforest.

PHOTO: Samantha Siow Twitter Feed (@SamanthaPSiow)

As is obvious, Kate wore khaki pants, a deep green shirt and hiking boots. Multiple WKW Facebook friends believe her boots are by Scarpa, another suggestion is Brasher; many noted they are well worn, no surprise knowing Kate’s love of hiking and walking.

UPDATED 9/24: As suggested by Gill in a comment, Brasher has identified the boots as their Hillmaster GTX, described as “Britain’s most loved hill walking boot,”  made from full grain leather with a waterproof and breathable lining.” The boot is available at £106 here.

Simon Amos, Brasher Facebook Page

The pants look like specialty wear, for expeditionary sports, hiking/climbing/etc., with diagonal front zippered pockets, and multiple horizontal panels, it is possible some additional knee protection is built into the middle section. They look to be of the durable, quick dry fabric many of us like in activewear. (Think Patagonia, Marmot, North Face, etc.) Kate’s shirt is also a specialty item, it looks like a knit, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were constructed of fabric pre-treated with insect repellent.  If we get these IDed we will update the post.

It sounds like I was way off base thinking the blouse was technical wear, apparently the blouse is actually a 2010 Zara piece.

Via Le Cheap C’est Chic Blog April 2010

With thank to the HRH Duchess Kate blog for sharing this on the WKW Facebook page, she let us know about this piece. A Telegraph story referenced below also mentions that Kate wore the top over a black tee shirt.

I have also been chastised (properly so I might add) for neglecting to mention that Kate had her Le Pliage in the helicopter. You can just about see it in the upper right photo in the montage below, just the top of it by her leg and hiking boot.

Longchamp Le Pliage

The Telegraph has an outstanding story about the rainforest visit,

The couple then took a rainforest walk with Dr Reynolds, who had offered them the use of ‘leech socks’, which the Duke and Duchess politely declined. “Apparently they didn’t pass the sartorial test,” said Dr Reynolds.

But moments later, the Duchess might just have wished she had taken Dr Reynolds up on his offer. Looking down, she saw that a leech had attached itself to her leg.

“She dealt with it very calmly and just bent down and picked it off,” said Dr Reynolds.

The story by has wonderful detail on the day’s adventures in Danum Valley, including some of William’s comments about Kate:

The couple also inspected a selection of pressed flowers and leaves.

“Do you press the leaves here yourself?” said the Duchess. Her husband said: “She’ll now ask you all about how you do it, she’s very arty.”

Next on the agenda for Kate and William:

  • The Duke and Duchess travel to Honiara, in the Solomon Islands.
  • Kate and William travel in an open-topped vehicle to the Church of Melanesia cathedral in Honiara, “they will attend a joyful service of thanksgiving for the life of dedicated service of The Queen.”
  • In the evening, The Duke and Duchess attend an Island Feast, given in the traditional manner outdoors, hosted by the Governor-General at his official residence

(NOTE: they are actually on their way to the Solomons now, that country is 15 hours ahead of US EDT.)

The flight to the Solomons is *very* long, more than 4000 miles. To be in place and set up to cover the story most media flew ahead, skipping the rainforest visit. Paul Harrison of Sky News shared this photo of the queue at the airport:

Paul Harrison, Sky News Twitter (@SkyNewsRoyal)

When William and Kate are welcomed to Honiara they will be driven in this, I believe it is the transportation (vehicle?) that will take them to the Cathedral, with thanks to Edwina Bartholomew for posting the photo.

Edwina Batholomew, 7 News Sydney Sunrise Twitter



  26 Responses to “Kate Is Casual For Borneo Rain Forest (Updated: Top & Boots IDed)”

  1. Would you please let me know whether Kate’s Longchamp Pliage was size Small, Medium (or Large) and whether it was long handled or short. Thank you.

  2. She should have been a bit more casual.

  3. Her boots look like an older version of brasher Hillmaster GTX ….

  4. I think the trousers are J Brand Agnes…

    • That’s a great spot Zoey, they are so like Kate’s, especially the horizontal panels. But I don’t think hers have zippers down the sides, although I could be wrong. Perhaps someone else will chime in. :)

    • I WANT these pants for myself—can someone PLEASE figure out what they are?! :>)

      I agree that the ankle zippers from the Zara pants appear to be missing from this pair, and I want them to wear for the exact same thing—casual times when jeans dont work.

  5. I thought the trousers were rather ill-fitting (look around her crotch and on her hips). Also, the rather large shirt tucked into the trousers accentuated her narrow hips.
    I do prefer her formal looks, though, which are almost always impeccable!

  6. I love seeing Kate in casual clothes! Thanks for featuring this event. And I love how flawless her hair is walking through a jungle!

  7. It’s great to see Kate back in casual clothes — a happy respite after all the formality, though I guess they couldn’t have seen much wildlife with photographers et al in tow. For some reason I felt great relief that she has a decent pair of hiking boots — I had wondered after she is so often seen in wellies for outdoor expeditions. Thanks for another great post.

  8. Interesting that she wore her engagement ring for these activities (slightly visible in the first pictures of her sitting down and clearly on her finger in pics on other sites). I wonder if she kept it on under the gloves she wore for the tree “winching” or had someone hold it.

  9. the boots might be women’s Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers there’s a picture at the link below

  10. I agree that her own good taste and practical style are more evident in the casual looks, that she obviously chooses herself, rather than the more formal ensembles, which appear to have the touch of a stylist about them. Love the rainforest look. Really glad to see the photo of the bag. The bag is actually more a purse-size, it looked much bigger when she carried it at the Olympics,which seemed sort of odd. And about the blouse, what kind of fabric? Hard to tell whether it’s a cotton/rayon type, or some sort of organza/chiffon?

    • She could have several of the Le Pliage bags – the Olympics one looked to be navy and this one looks black. They are quite practical and durable so definitely worth having multiples for her many activities.

      • Love the Zara ones but I don’t think these are the same. The ones Kate’s wearing look to be looser. Anything tight would be unbearable in that heat and humidity, not to mention the possibility of some rather embarrassing sweat marks!! I tend to think these are a regular hiking/outdoor trouser, maybe Patagonia or LL Bean, etc.?

    • I have a very similar Zara blouse from the same collection, and it’s a cotton/silk blend. It’s a great fabric: soft and cool.

  11. Better her than me. You wouldn’t catch ME agreeing to be winched into the air like that, OR to walk across that bridge!

    But she showed great aplomb and looked quite appropriately dressed, too. Kudos to her.

  12. I was going to comment that those boots look a lot like my Garmont Syncro II Plus GTX ones but then saw a diff picture on Huff post and definetly not them.

  13. I read on another blog that the blouse is by Zara.

    • HI Meg, and thanks for commenting! Several of us on the Facebook page thought the same thing, they are *so* similar, but it doesn’t appear Kate’s have the ankle zippers the Zara pair has. Very close though!

  14. I could practically feel the humidity through my computer monitor! She really should have had her hair back today. I’ve seen pictures on other sites, and it just looked like a mess.

    And yes, they must be exhausted. I think the pace in this year’s tour is a lot more grueling than their trip to Canada last year.

    • Her hair looked cute when she pulled it into a side ponytail. Even the best hairstylist in the world is no match for that kind of humidity.

    • It looks like she put it up as soon as they finished the indoor part of this event. Her hair is up in all of the outdoor pics, except for the one crossing the bridge.

  15. As much fun as I have scoping out formal dresses and coats, I must say that I love Kate’s casual looks almost more than when she is in full-out Duchess regalia mode. I think that her taste is really evident in the ensembles she wears for the outdoors, and this outfit is no exception. I love the color and cut of the shirt, especially when paired with her brown leather belt and hiking boots. (I’m obsessed with boots and pretty envious of these.) The look is both aesthetically pleasing and practical, qualities that are not mutually exclusive, but certainly take some work to achieve together. Well done, Kate!

    • Yes, I totally agree!! I LOVE her casual style. Most of her style that I attempt to emulate comes from her pre-wedding outfits… as much as I love her designer looks, I find her casual streetwear more charming. (Sounds odd, I know… I’m sure won’t be saying that when I see her with a tiara!).

      I just love this blog!!

  16. She looks fantastic :)

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