This morning Kate and William had an early start despite last night’s late arrival at Kaziranga National Park and Bihu festival celebration.
We saw a more casual Kate as the royal tour entered its fourth day. Below you see the Cambridges meeting their guides for the morning’s safari.
The royal couple are spending two nights in the park, pursuing their interest in conservation and promoting the efforts of Indian park authorities to encourage the local human population to preserve the habitat and make the most of the tourist attraction.
In addition to their guides the couple was accompanied by security personnel and a limited number of media. Simon Perry of People shared this photo as the group was heading out.
At some points the best view was standing up.
William spotted a rhino mother and her baby wading in a marsh-like patch in the distance.
Kate gasped: “Oh wow.”
But Victoria explains that might not have been their favorite sighting.
Possibly the highlight of their trek was a huge rhino blocking the road ahead. The couple gasped as they caught sight of the huge animal just 50 yards away from them.
Kate said; “This is amazing!”
And William added: “It’s amazing to be this close.”
The pair clearly reveled in their time exploring the Park and were able to enjoy 30 minutes without media and most security personnel.
Kate captured memories using her own camera.
The Park is home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhino population, just one of many reasons it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Richard Palmer has more about the morning’s activities in his story for The Express:
After almost an hour of safari, the Duke and Duchess arrived at the Bimoli Anti-Poaching Camp in the centre of the park, where they were greeted by a group of rangers.
And then it was time for a group photo.
Wearing her trusty Sebago Balas probably felt wonderful for the Duchess after being in heels most of the week.
This morning Kate wore a pair of Zara Mid Rise Biker Trousers.
They are a cotton/poly blend with a touch of elastene for stretch. The trousers have a fair amount of detailing, including a front pocket with exposed metal zipper, ribbed knee stitching, and a piece of triangular fabric running from mid-thigh to the knee (pointed out below right with blue lines).
A look at the ribbed area on Kate’s jeans. Kate’s color is khaki marl; the trousers are also offered in white. The trousers retail for $49.90.
The Duchess wore a blouse/top from Australia’s storied RM Williams.
A WKW Facebook friend inquired about the blouse with the retailer. She was told the style name is ‘Gretna’ and the style dates to the autumn/winter 2014 collection. Below, a closer look reveals the colors of the pattern better, navy and rust shades. The shirt has a ruffled placket and vertical stitching detail on the front. Our Facebook pal was also told the garment was a gift to Kate during the 2014 tour, and that it was a limited run piece no longer available anywhere in the RM Williams system.
Some may recognize the RM Williams name, Prince William wore a shirt by the company when visiting the Taronga Zoo during the 2014 tour.
The Duchess brought out one of her favorite pair of casual shoes, her ‘Bala’ moccasins by Sebago in the taupe/white colorway. Sebago has them in stock for $95 while Online Shoes has them at essentially the same price ($94.95); both retailers offer free shipping.
We saw Kate wearing a new scarf (new to us), it is by Flora Garments, a London shop specializing in merchandise from around the world with an emphasis on apparel and accessories ideal for travel. The piece is Flora’s Indian Embroidered Stole, crafted in pashmina woven and embroidered in Kashmir, India.
The stole is sold out in Kate’s color, beige, but offered in other colors as well as plain versions. The piece measures 72cm x 204cm, about 28″ x 80″, it sells for £180. A Tip of the Tiara to the ever-stylish Michelle of Perth’s Fashion, she identified the piece.
The Duchess wore her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings.
And a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers.
- Visit the Kaziranga National Park website here and/or the UNESCO World Heritage page about Kaziranga here
- Learn more about the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the organization’s website here; the group’s Facebook page is here & Twitter feed here
- Victoria Murphy’s story in The Mirror is here; Richard Palmer’s Express story is here; Rebecca English’s Daily Mail story is here
- A photo gallery from The Indian Express is here