Apr 142016

We have seen Kate in two different looks today as the royal tour left India and traveled to Bhutan. For the departure from India and arrival near Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, Kate brought back an Emilia Wickstead piece.

© Stephen Lock / i-Images

© Stephen Lock / i-Images

Flying into Bhutan can be quite an undertaking; from The Telegraph:

The Duke and Duchess touched down in Paro, near Thimpu, at an airport that is reputed to be the hardest in the world at which to land. Only a handful of pilots are qualified to fly in to Paro, where they must perform a sharp 90 degree turn immediately before landing because of the mountains that surround it.

Kate and William’s visit is big news in the Himalayan country, many of the day’s events were live-streamed by Bhutan Broadcasting.

Bhutan Broadcasting

Bhutan Broadcasting

The Duke and Duchess were greeted by the King’s sister, Her Royal Highness Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck.

Roay Nikkhah, The Times @RoyaNikkhah

Roy Nikkhah, The Times @RoyaNikkhah

The two couples on their way to pose for an official photograph. You can just see Kate’s yellow coat on the far left.

Bhutan Broadcassting Service

Bhutan Broadcassting Service

We previously saw this piece at the Order of the Thistle in 2012.

©Splash News

©Splash News

Today the coat was worn with a belt, that enhanced the look of the coat significantly. Kate Yellow Wickstead Bhutan Arrival Belt Closeup images When leaving India this morning the Duchess wore her ‘Chrissy’ dress by Tory Burch, as shared in this picture by ABC’s Carolyn Durand; you can just see Kate as she is about to board this morning’s flight.

Carolyn Durand, ABC News

Carolyn Durand, ABC News

Kate previously wore the piece when attending a private Place2Be meeting in June, 2014.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

UPDATE 2: Sarah left a comment sharing that NBC’s correspondent reported Kate changing clothes on the plane today. I was definitely wrong on this one. Thanks to everyone who shared their input. The post has been changed to reflect the updated info. UPDATE 1: Several comments have noted that the Tory Burch dress is unlikely to have been worn under the Wickstead coat, the dress would have shown at the collar of the coat. That is a good observation. On some level I believe that if there was one person who might button up that coat to the neck, concealing all beneath it, that person is the Duchess. But that begs an obvious question: why would she do that?  My inclination is that she probably didn’t. Kate accessorized with her Natalie clutch and Fern pumps, both by LK Bennett. The Fern is out of stock but you can register your interest in owning a pair with LK Bennett if so inclined.

©Stephen Lock/i-Images

©Stephen Lock/i-Images

She also wore a new pair of earrings we’ve yet to identify. Kate Bhutan Arrival Earrings Apr 14 2016 S Lock im  copy Below, Kate and William on their way to the Tashichho Dzong for their audience with the King.

Victoria Murphy The Mirror @QueenVicMirror

The Duchess changed into a traditional Bhutanese look, wearing a kira (also spelled as kera).

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Inside the Dzong you see a massive tapestry behind the couple.

King Jigme Khesar

King Jigme Khesar

In the corridor leading to the throne room the walls are covered with murals depicting the life of Buddha.

King J

King J

More from Gordon Rayner in The Telegraph:

They arrived at the official royal fortress, the Tashichho Dzong, walking behind a procession of musicians and dancers in national dress, then bowed and curtsied to the king and queen, reflecting their more junior status, as they were welcomed by them.

After the audience Kate and William saw what is considered the grandest room in the building, and where monks perform their daily prayers. “Every inch of the room is covered in Buddhist art, and a thousand smaller statues of the Buddha line the walls.”

King Jigme Khesar

King Jigme Khesar

After the private time both couples made their way across the courtyard for the chipdrel, or welcoming ceremony. On the far right below you can see William and Kate.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

The chipdrel features traditional Bhutanese musical and dance performances. 

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

You get a sense of the ceremonial energy in this brief video  #RoyalVisitBhutan @5_News pic.twitter.com/RPykRZb5vz

Then it was time for another formal photo memorializing the visit.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

Kate’s purple fabric played nicely off the Queen’s rich red hues.

© Stephen Lock / i-Images

© Stephen Lock / i-Images

After the ceremony ended Kate and William were treated to an archery exhibition and competition; archery is Bhutan’s national sport.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

From The Telegraph’s coverage:

…crowds lining the archery field had been told the Duke might try his hand at archery, but clearly had not expected the Duchess to get involved too. After the Duke fired two arrows at a dinner plate-sized target from 50 yards away, shooting wide both times, he offered the bow to the famously competitive Duchess, who prompted a huge cheer from the 1,000-strong crowd when she accepted.

“Target? What target?”

©James Whatling / Splash News

©James Whatling / Splash News

Now for a closer look at Kate’s outfit, beginning with some background on traditional dress from Bhutan.com.

The woman’s kera is an ankle length dress. Made from finely woven fabrics, the kira has traditional and beautifully coloured patterns. While machine milled traditional clothing is popular for daily wear, the traditionally woven dress is worn on all formal occasions including working in the office

The fabric for the piece was sourced and woven in Bhutan by noted artisan Kelzang Wangmo.


Splash News/i-Images

Kate did not actually wear a dress, but a skirt, what is called a half-kira. More from Monique Jessen’s story for People:

Putting her own spin on the look, Kate chose not to wear the full kira, which is normally draped around the entire body and secured with a brooch and a hand woven belt. Instead, Kate opted to wear a sarong-style kira skirt. “Normally the kira is not really a skirt, it is more of a dress because it comes right up to the neck – which is the traditional way of wearing it,” explains the translator, sitting by Wangmo’s side. “But some Bhutanese women wear a half kira, which is more modern and similarly the Duchess has chosen this style.”

Ms. Wangmo is so respected she was asked to create pieces for the wedding of the future Queen Jetsun. Kensington Palace shared a brief video of the weaver reacting to news that her fabric was used for Kate’s skirt.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The Duchess introduced another clothing brand, wearing a Paul and Joe wool cape.

Paul and Joe

Paul and Joe

The cape is all wool, with a silk lining and hook & eye front fastening. The intricate embroidery seen on the piece was actually done in India.



Our thanks to HRH Duchess Kate for the identification of this piece. Kate wore her LK Bennett Fern heels again   UPDATED: It turns out that Kate changed shoes before the afternoon’s engagements. She put on something with a lower heel than the Fern worn this morning with the Emilia Wickstead. Below we show the heels worn in the afternoon compared with the LK Bennett Florete; it very much looks like the Floret (It’s spelled both ways), but even LK Bennett can’t definitively say it is their shoe.

i-Images/LK Bennett

i-Images/LK Bennett

She wore a beautiful pair of earrings we haven’t previously seen.

©Stephen Lock/i-Images

UPDATING EARRINGS: I think the photo in the upper right of this updated montage shows what the other two pictures didn’t, the diamond borders on the earrings. It looks like Anna of My Small Obsessions was correct in thinking they are Kiki McDonough’s Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drops (£3900).

Kiki McDonough/Various

Kiki McDonough/Various

This evening the Duke and Duchess have a private dinner with the King and Queen. I am doing a separate post on that event, lest this become unmanageably long. We leave you with this funny face of Kate’s.

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

UPDATED APR 15: Apparently Kate’s expression had nothing to do with song lyrics. I am hunting for the proper info and will update when I am able to do so. :) Apparently the Duchess had just learned about the…well, the rather earthy lyrics in songs being sung during the archery competition. From The Daily Mail: “…Sonam Karma, a Bhutanese Olympic Committee official who works closely with Prince Jigyel explained just how rude some of the songs were about the competitors. ‘They are singing obscenities,’ he said. Asked to translate them, he said: ‘You’re bald. You’re a baldy. Your nose is really big.” (There is a little more but we’ll leave things here.) LINKAGE:

  • The King of Bhutan’s Facebook page is here, the Queen’s page is here, the Bhutan Archery Federation website is here
  • A BBC piece, “Bhutan: Things you may not have known about the country” is here
  • The Daily Mail‘s story on the arrival is here; The Telegraph’s story is here;
  • A Daily Mirror piece on visiting Bhutan is here 
  • A profile of weaver Kelzang Wangma in the Taipei times may be seen here, the Kelzang Handicraft website is here and Facebook page is here 


  102 Responses to “It’s a Bhutanese Kira for Kate at Welcome Ceremony, Shimmering New Earrings & More”

  1. I love seeing all the beautiful textiles from Bhutan! Oddly, the thing that stands out to me the most in these pictures is how Kate holds her hands when walking. This must be why she prefers to carry a clutch when possible, her hands do look very nervous, just clutching the fingers like that. I can sympathize, I get quite nervous in crowds too and I’m not being photographed by zillions of people. It would be ideal to practice doing something different with her hands though, maybe loosely hold her wrist instead of down by the fingers, or try keeping them at her side.

  2. I think the Duchess looks lovely in the half kira! When I first saw the pictures that was my first thought for sure.

  3. Can we identify Queen Jetson’s red shoes?

  4. On the yellow Wickstead – I am amazed at how the small changes made to this coat completely altered my opinion of it. Seems to fit better, and I don’t know how it’s possible, but the waist appears to be “longer” with the addition of the belt, directly in opposition to what common sense would dictate. And I’m definitely in the minority in my opinion of the color – yellow is a tough color but the combination of tone and sheen of this coat I’ve always thought lovely.

    The cape and kira – I thought this was a beautiful look for the Duchess, and a graceful nod to the Bhutanese culture. My quibbles are minor. Her shoes were a bit “status quo” – nothing exciting, but she must feel comfortable walking in them in so narrow a skirt ( in contrast I loved the “jazzy” appeal of the Queen’s platform sandals). And the cape for archery is downright unsafe. I am an archer, albeit with a compound bow (which has small “gears”, for those who don’t have experience), and all of that blowing fabric around a bow and arrow is just not safe, nor is her hair being worn down. Those were big “no-no’s” when I was learning archery. Of course, the photos are gorgeous – all that hair and fabric flying while she holds the bow and shoots – quite “Zena-warrior-princess”, which might have been the ultimate goal. My minor quibbles aside, I felt the outfit was smashing, and she looked absolutely lovely.

    • I was shocked by the yellow coat as well. When I first saw it, I thought it was the EW but wasn’t completely sure because it looked different in some way. Maybe she had it slightly altered. She’s so incredibly thin, but maybe after the 2 babies, some things had to be altered. I say this because I can’t believe that a simple belt was enough to change the look. But maybe it was.

      I think this is one of my top favorites from this trip. She looks better in this kind of yellow, it’s like a buttery yellow. Her “banana” dress from the Australia trip was too harsh. I’m not a fan of the solid colors that have a white base on her. It’s too bright and stark. She looks better in her blues, be them variants of blue, or colors that have a base color of blue, which I think is what the EW coat dress has going for it. ((hope I’m making sense when I say base color, which could be the wrong terminology))

      It saddens me that this plain coat is one of my favorites on this trip. She’s in India. My goodness the colors and fabrics and prints she could have done. When I saw the blue dress the first night, I thought we’d be in for a treat and it’s just been disappointing. I know she went for some prints, but they felt a little plain and a little too safe. Although some of them were just huge disappointments.

      Oh well.

  5. again Kate had problems with her skirt and the wind, when she is walking you can see her hold the fabric in place. you understand why when you compare her skirt with the queen’s skirt: the queen’s skirt consists of more fabric which is wrapped further towards the back, so the opening is situated on the back, with another layer of fabric underneath, so the wind can never reveal the legs. Don’t know why Kate did not wear her skirt like this but we do know that she had the fabric brought to the UK so it could be custom made into a skirt that matched her wishes. guess she is not used to the type of skirt and how the fabric moves when walking or due to the wind.

  6. Looking at more pictures reveals that it was windy and she really did have to hold her skirt closed. And while the fabric was Bhutanese this basic warp skirt was “designed” and made in London. Its It turns out there is a reason why Bhutanese kiris are designed the way they are – its windy in Bhutan. But somehow Kate’s people missed this.

    The cape also proved to be a poor choice for the sporting activities. Its one thing to pose for a picture in a cape but, as anyone who has ever worn a cape knows, quite another to try to do anything in one, especially one worn with a belt. Archery and dart throwing require a lot of extreme arm movement. The fabric flies all over the place. Kate’s plain white undershirt is on full display. And her skirt is blowing open. I cant believe no one thought this though.

  7. Like others, I’m not a fan of the Wickstead coat dress – did not think it was well tailored and was not a flattering colour on Kate. It looks like its been re-tailored a bit, but its still not as flattering as it should be on someone as slim at Kate. The colour problem could have been helped if Kate had had a bit more colour on her cheeks/lips and more colourful accessories. At least it wasn’t buttoned up to her chin, but I think the combination of the big collar and the big earrings would have looked better if Kate had pulled her back in a low bun.

    Outfit 2 – Good that Kate is wearing a (modified) kira. Bhutanese fabric is probably the most beautiful in the world, and thank god someone decided maybe to include it rather than polyester Topshop. Usually a half kira has more fabric and is wrapped around the body to create a slim pencil skirt that doesn’t require Bhutanese woman to use their hands to hold it closed. The traditional wrap would have looked great on someone as tall and thin as Kate, and she wouldn’t have had to worry about the skirt showing more than it should. Thank God there was no wind! Again it seemed a poor choice by her pa/stylist/advisors etc.

    The skirt’s colours are stunning and I am terribly disappointed in the choice of the cape. I realize I may be alone in this, but I am not a fan of short capes. They have neither the length that gives a long cape drama and nor the cut of a jacket that has style and movement. I always think they look awkward. This one does nothing for the beautiful skirt. It doesn’t “match” – who does that anymore? – but it doesn’t even “go”. White supposedly “goes with everything” but its a lazy choice and usually not the best. Its probably Kate’s (and most women’s unless they are a true “winter”) worst colour. And even though the embroidery was done in India, it looks multipurpose ethnic (I had a white Ukrainian blouse when I was a teenager that looked almost exactly the same,). A modern jacket or top styled with a nod to Bhutanese design in a jewel colour – plain or even better with a different pattern would have looked gorgeous and is very much the kind of territory that a lot of the best European designers are working in these days. A real colour would have made the earrings pop. The basic beige pump feels a bit off here. If it had been turquoise or green might have been better. A pump or shoe in one of those colours and one in coral would have made a difference to quite a few of Kate’s outfits.

    • I made the same observations about the cape not “going with” the skirt and about wanting a colored shoe, but for some reason my comment was not allowed. The nude shoe seems such a mistake.

      I do love the amethyst earrings, however. They are so perfect! Also the Queen is stunning.

  8. I loved the picture of Kate looking shocked at the song lyrics. Bhutan is quite conservative in many ways, including adherence to traditional dress, but it is also very earthy. I’d love to know if Kate and William had a chance to see some of the murals painted on local houses. They are seriously blush-inducing and a real view into a society with a great appreciation of earthly delights. (How’s that for delicate wording?)

  9. I think her “kira” outfit is one of my favorite things she’s ever worn. It is so interesting, so elegant, so totally unboring. :) And though different from her typical clothes, it still feels very authentically her – it doesn’t feel like a departure from some of her most important style qualities – very modest, very structured, measured in color and pattern, very respectful and classic in feel. I agree with another commenter here, whoever pulled this outfit together hit it out of the park. If she did it on her own, I’m amazed and I hope she feels inspired after this trip to try (more) new things!

  10. Thank you for your excellent, informative coverage, Susan. Any ideas how she was able to change on the plane? I can’t imagine the restroom being wide enough.

    I just learned about a site called Patreon that gives people in creative endeavors a platform where those who are interested in supporting their work may do so. I thought of you; it might be a nice option for those who want to thank you for your work and patronize the site.

  11. Someone on another site mentioned that the yellow coat dress had been altered in a number of ways from her first wearing. They thought it had been made less full in the skirt and the pleats altered. It does fit better. I also read that her skirt was constructed differently than the traditional garment. I though she looked great in both outfits, did not notice an issue with her walking. Actually thought it was a great top for the archery. The only thing I did not like as well were her beige shoes with the purple skirt, do not know if it was color or style, but it just looked off. ali

  12. Kate was definitely not wearing the Tory Burch dress underneath the Wickstead coat this morning. The NBC national news correspondent traveling with the couple mentioned that Kate changed clothes on board the plane (as he described the personalized luggage the Duke and Duchess have with them on the trip).

  13. I just want to say that it’s a compliment to choose dress reflective of the country one is visiting. Concerns that Kate is somehow “overdoing it” are misplaced IMO. If Kate had chosen to wear a sari, that would have been fine, too. It’s not a requirement to wear local garb (so Prince William is off the hook) but it’s not offensive to do so.

    People may have forgotten that Diana wore a shalwar kameez on numerous occasions (very beautiful ones) when in that part of the world.

    The Duchess of Cornwall has also worn the shalwar kameez style of clothing when touring India and Pakistan with Prince Charles.

    It’s not only appropriate, but it’s comfortable and practical to wear local clothing; it’s pretty much guaranteed to match the climate and the customs/rules others follow in that country.

    My experience has been that when traveling abroad, locals are pleased when visitors show an interest in and appreciation for the clothing and culture.

    • Ellen, I so agree with your noting the reasoning of the style of dress that Kate has chosen. Very respectful of her hosts. I am happy she chose well and appropriately.

  14. First of all, I love both outfits, I really have loved ALL the outfits because the colors are so vibrant and they have all been a great choice to match each setting and engagement situation! Also I think the Duchess’ hair looks great with the more “boho” style clothing, the shorter hair looks better with these types of outfits than with her typical style of clothes back in the UK.

    But curious as to thoughts on why she chose to wear traditional clothing in Bhutan but not India. My view is that she was greeting royalty in Bhutan so shows the utmost in respect, whereas in India there is no Royal Family. But curious as to other’s opinions.

    • India is now a republic, but there is plenty of Indian royalty still lurking. And of course, the British Royal family. I know I’m in the minority, but I thought Kate’s Indian wardrobe was inconsistent. Her Bhutan wardrobe, however, was delightful.

  15. Awesome post! Thank you for the dedication!
    I think this is my favorite look of all (don’t you find it funny that we keep on seeing the same thing every single time she changes) :)
    As for the Emilia Wickstead dress, I believe she is wearing a skirt rather than a dress underneath
    In the arrival photo, you can see a somewhat orange/fushia skirt
    You have such an excellent eye with the shoes, I think it was a good choice since she isn’t used to wear the kira.
    The ID on the earrings will prove to be the hardest of all :D

  16. To those of you commenting about the appropriateness of Kate wearing ethnic clothing or clothing similarly styled, I suggest you look at photos from both Princess Diana’s and even the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla’s visits. I agree, the kera skirt would be difficult to walk in if you have not had the opportunity to practice. Kate doesn’t usually wear something cut like that in such a heavy, no moving fabric. I was so happy to see the beautiful earrings she wore yesterday, the ones that she received after giving birth to Charlotte and this Amethyst pair today. Finally, some beautiful jewels. I also think she should have worn her sapphire earrings that match her ring, with the dress she wore when she arrived today. The blue against the wheat/gold colour of the coat dress would have been gorgeous.

  17. I still dislike this Wickstead coat dress. The color is drab and the design very ordinary. Having said that that, it is much improved by the belt and pressing to make pleats. Maybe what it needs is heavy accessorizing to give it some punch. The other outfit, the poncho and Kira…just fabulous.

  18. Absolutely stunning!!! That cape top with the Bhutanese Kira is genius! I am actually a bit jealous now that Kate couldnt mix and match an Indian style this well! There were so many options for Kate to have achieved it instead of that over clad Jenny Packam look! She’s showing so much more skin in Bhutan and I would think India is way more westernized!

    Anyhow, leaving my neighborly envies aside, we will remember this look for the rest of our lives! And THOSE earrings!!!! Some serious Princess bling! :)

    I am glad she recycled a dress for the very brief meet and greet look on the airport.

    PLEASE Kate let the Taj dress be the best of all!!!! :)

    • And the cape has typical Kashmiri embroidery on it. Long embroidered shirts like this in off white, black and grey are usually paired with salwaars (pants) and dupattas (scarves) in vibrant colors and prints in winter in north India. :)

  19. I liked this coat the first time Kate wore it, despite various oddities, a regular feature of Kate outfits. It has certainly helped the fit of the waistline no end to have the belt restored this time, although I think it continues to be pulled up a bit. I still like the collar and especially the open neckline, not another coat buttoned all the way to the throat.

    The second ensemble came as one big surprise. I love the fabric Kate has had made up for her visit and I bless the labors of the excellent Mrs Wangmo, may her name endure forever. It seems very fitting that Kate should have it made up into the more contemporary, but still sympathetically Bhutanese, kira skirt style.

    And the cape was a truly inspired choice. Honours are due to whoever managed to coax Kate into such a radical departure, the one simple western garment plays perfectly into the Bhutan womens’ traditional silhouette. The embroidery is gorgeous and does just about tone in with the skirt colours amid an expanse of cream. The beautiful earrings certainly help pull things together.

    My one quibble might be to ask if this doesn’t count as a second own-goal from the intrepid recce team who went out to check climate and settings pre-tour. Having slipped up big-time on a windswept parade ground I wonder just which bright spark could have imagine this as suitable for practising archery.

    But I have another little fairy tale to console myself with, like Tory Burch above. This time my theory runs that Kate thought she’d have time to change and found no opportunity. Anyway, I can forgive any number of wardrobe mishaps for the glorious series of comic faces she pulled during her sporting efforts.

    An extraordinary day. I have never seen a royal spectacle like it outside of the UK. And in your post you reveal that Bhutan even has is own BBC tv. All ends well.

    • Just for info, I got one of the Glamorous tunics in the fabric of Kate’s maxi in Delhi today. Quick service at least, I’d harboured severe doubts at ordering from a company so named.

      The sizing is odd, I had to go to a medium to get chest size and now have overlong sleeves and too wide a vee neck. The fabric has major statics something I’m prone to. The length at least stops short of my knees, I’d feared mid-calf.

      But it hasn’t been sent back — so far. I’m amazed how good the print is and how well the fabric hangs. It’s only for pottering around in the summer and maybe I can jiggle the sleeves to retain the border trim and shorten them.

    • BBC? It’s BBS tv. Duh…#lackofsleep

  20. Ingenious. :) Love the cape! the wrapped skirt looks very artistic, too.

  21. According to a report on NBC’s Today Show by reporter Keir Simmons who is one of the journalists traveling with the royal party, while everyone else on the plan was white-knuckling it, Catherine changed her outfit during the 30-minute flight.

    That leads me to believe that she wasn’t still wearing the dress she had on when she boarded the plane, and was wearing the Wickstead coat dress only.

    It’s unusual that the press corps was on the same plane as the royals. But due to the challenges of flying in/out of Paro — so much so that only a few pilots are even skilled enough to be allowed – everyone, press included, flew in on the same plane giving Simmons and others a rare look at how the Duke and Duchess travel.

    If you’re interested, Simmon’s video report can be seen here: http://www.today.com/video/will-and-kate-meet-the-young-king-and-queen-of-bhutan-665821251695

  22. I adore the kira but unlike most of you I am not convinced it “goes with” the top. The colors seem off to me. The shoes are also a miss for me….I would have loved to see a vibrantly colored shoe with this look.

    However, the earrings are to die for. I am considerably envious over those.

    The Queen of Bhutan is gorgeous.

    Kate is so expressive and seems to be enjoying herself immensely. Her Tory Burch evening dress is fantastic!!

  23. I bet she chose this Wickstead coat because the colors of Bhutan’s flag are orange and yellow.

    • It’s a good color to honor both the country she was leaving and the country she was entering…so I guess it makes sense. :) But I do not like that coat otherwise…I don’t think it’s a good color for her.

  24. That cape is just fabulous and she makes it look so chic with the added belt. And Susan, I love your blog! It’s my go to for all things Kate :)

  25. I think the Emilia Wickstead piece was an excellent choice for arrival in Bhutan, with yellow featuring so prominently in the Bhutanese flag. Well done. I love the new Kiki McDonough (?) earrings as purple is my favorite color ;-) So I also love Kate’s kira skirt!! Someone mentioned on HM the King of Bhutan’s Facebook page that it would have been lovely to see William in traditional dress as well, and I agree.

  26. Love this outfit! We don’t see Kate in purple very often, and this was perfection. Love the way the cape and kira go together. Like my friend always says: “it doesn’t have to match, it just has to ‘go’”. These pieces are great together! I’m glad she changed into shorter shoes, but do you see the Queen’s shoes? Holy cow! Those things are HIGH!!

    Also – some people have commented on Kate’s kira flapping in the wind, and how the Queen makes it look effortless. Looking closely at the way the Queen is wearing her kira, I think maybe Kate has it on backwards? Either that, or the Queen’s was designed in a different way. But if you look at the Princess airport arrival, the Princess is wearing it tied opposite of the way Kate is wearing it too! I think Kate might be wearing it backwards…maybe not, but it’s a guess. :)

    And you’re right – that coat dress looks SO much better with the belt!

  27. The Wickstead is nice and appropriate for the arrival. I think the belt helps the coat quite a bit.

    LOVE – the second outfit! I was wondering how she was going to pull off this leg of the trip and she did it flying colours!

    As a side note – not fussy on the Queen’s shoes – am assuming she choses the style to add height.

  28. I used to love your blog, and checked in regularly because of the pics of Kate’s clothes. Now, unfortunately, your advertisement column is almost as big, or bigger, than your Kate content column. I’m going to go elsewhere because the other blogs offer full screen shots and I’m better able to see the clothing details. Please reconsider the large share of space you give up to your advertisers and remember your original purpose. You really are the best writer, but the pics win out. Sorry.

    • In Susan’s defense, she works tirelessly at maintaining this blog. She does not charge us for subscriptions. She gets paid because she is able to run ads, and I’d note they’re a very high standard. Her site is scrupulously free of spam, too. All that takes effort on the part of an admin.

      • Thank you, Brenda! Honestly.

      • Amen to this. When I see outstanding blogs/websites (and this is certainly one of them), I feel very spoiled that I get this sort of coverage and content for free – I have no idea how long it takes Susan to track down all of this info, but she certainly deserves to be paid for her efforts in my book. And if she can be paid via advertisers and keep things free for us, so much the better. The images are definitely tiny on my phone (everything’s tiny on my phone), but I have no trouble enlarging images on my desktop, so perhaps a little tinkering with the display will help.

    • You can’t enlarge the images on your device? That’s what I do. I never feel as if I can’t see anything on this site.

      • Ditto. Easy to enlarge the pix with a simple swipe. I appreciate all about this site and don’t even notice the ads as they’re so subtle and appropriate.

      • It’s strange, when I also try to increase the zoom on my web browser, only the column on the right increases in size (the part where the ads are) while the main post shrinks in size… not sure why this happens. I usually zoom back out until the main post and the column are balanced again.. wish the main post would increase in size when I zoom instead of shrinking :p

        Thanks for all the amazing posts about this royal tour! :)

    • I was so grateful when Susan started having significant advertising! It’s so easy to click on Kate’s favorite stores/brands, and finally Susan could have something to help sustain the site. The tone of this site is respectful and dignified, completely focused on fashion not gossip. It’s that high caliber that keeps me coming back again and again.

    • I’m not sure what device you’re viewing the page on, but I don’t have this problem at all on an iPhone. Regardless, Brenda is correct.

    • I never even notice the advertising I’m always so enthralled by the content! And good on you Susan for working so tirelessly for so long on your wonderful Page. I say congrats are in order for the ads! Way to go.

    • This is by far my fav. blog. Sticks to the fashion (a few others a bit gossipy IMO) and provides good overview of the events. I appreciate the work involved! The ads are a reality I can deal with. I too click on the pictures for a bigger ad free view.

    • No doubt Vanessa just had a bad day. This blog is quite objectively and simply put outstanding in all kinds of ways.

  29. The Wickstead looks good on the Duchess as always, though I’m not a fan of that oatmeal color. It’s a bit boring.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the outfit to meet the King of Bhutan – Kate really shines in the kira, and it’s perfectly matched with the unusual Paul & Joe cape. And the earrings are to-die-for, of course. I think this is one of my favorite Kate outfits ever – just stunning.

  30. Can’t stand the color of the coat. It is depressing.

  31. It’s amazing how the belt enhances the Emilia Wickstead coat. I really disliked that coat the first time we saw it, but it looked great today. What a difference a belt makes! Thanks for covering this — I love your work!

    • I disliked the dress when she wore it originally too. Today, it looked better with the belt and without the hat . I think the large gold earrings give it more personality, eliminating the original boring/frumpy feel while the nude heels lighten it up.

    • I disliked this coat dress the first time too. When I first saw pictures of it today I originally thought it was something completely new…lol. The belt made it look so much better.

  32. Lovely looks! I am so excited for this tour and the variety of pieces we have seen. I love that Kate is reflecting the local culture and fashion aesthetic in her dress.

    The belt does improve the yellow coat! and that cape…. it is stunning!

  33. 1. Wondering about the belt worn with the cape at the Bhutan arrival.

    2. I adore and respect Kate, but I wonder why she feels inclined to dress in the native way when William clearly does not follow native custom. It’s getting a little out of hand. It makes her seem somewhat like an ornament.

    • It occurred to me that, maybe, she’s having fun with the clothing on this tour where usually she can not vary her style all that much in Britain. I’m suspecting that she is a boho chic girl at heart and is loving the opportunity to wear some more creative clothing.

      • I can certainly understand her wanting to step outside that beautifully gilded cage, but she’s there representing the United Kingdom, not to play Indian dress-up. When foreign dignitaries travel to other countries, they usually wear their native dress, do they not? It’s part of their cultural identity.

        Regardless, I love what she did with the belt on the cape, to better secure it. That was fashion genius!

      • Faith: At times I think the prints/embroidery, etc. is being overdone but you make a very good point – one that makes me stop and think…

    • As I said earlier, I think part of the issue here was that the Bhutanese are required to wear their native dress, so women’s legs are not normally revealed. Choosing to wear a kira was a way of making a respectful nod to that fact.

    • Thank you, Mrs. B. I could not agree more. I have been so looking forward to this tour for the fashion. Instead of a young, British princess flying the flag for British fashion, it has been one Indian inspired outfit after another. Enough already. Yes, a nod to your host country is appropriate and she did select some British designers but these outfits day after day look like costumes, not fashion. Standing next to William makes it even more obvious. I am very disappointed.

  34. I love the fact that Kate changed into a more traditional Bhutanese outfit. She continues to be very respectful to the countries she’s visiting and that is very admirable. The colors also looked great on her. I just wonder why William didn’t change into a traditional Bhutanese outfit as well. The pictures of them with the King and Queen look awkward with him in just a suit.

    • I think things would have looked more awkward if William had worn traditional dress. While a woman can easily transition from one type of skirt to another, which is essentially what the Duchess has done by wearing a kira,I think William would have looked comical and costume-y if hehad discarded his traditional suit and donned something like the king’s outfit. No disrespect to the king, of course, who looks magnificent wearing what we would expect to him to wear, but for William it would be too jarring a departure from the norm. I think the Cambridges made the right call.

  35. The cape and lavender skirt are delicious! What a fun, fun outfit. I love that the top is a British designer, so she’s not doing a “look at me, I’m in one of your cool ethnic outfits.” It straddles both worlds, honors her host country, and is lively and fun.

    Wickstead usually seems too old and conservative on her, but this is one of the nicer ones in terms of fit and cut.

  36. The Wickstead look is SO much better now the second time around. That belt really does make a difference and it seems to fit better too. The Bhutan look…eh…you can take it or leave it. It’s clearly a nod to the country and I doubt we’ll ever see her wear it again. Purple is a nice color on her. I was confused at first about the very different prints and textiles, but looking at the other Bhutan looks, it seems to be part of the style. What an interesting day for Kate!

  37. The Wickstead piece still isn’t a favorite of mine but I think it looks so much better this time with the addition of the belt and I wonder if the tailoring has been tweaked as it seems to fit her better at the waist and just all over to be more streamlined this time around. I am not convinced she was wearing the Tory dress under the Wickstead coat as I think the neckline of the dress would have shown through where the top button of the Wickstead was (mercifully) undone. Overall take: much better wearing of the Wickstead but still don’t love it but think it was appropriate for this event and a repeat was fine given that she changed so quickly. I really like her earrings, makeup and hair here.
    Second look: love the cape and it is something I would buy for myself to wear over jeans or trousers. I think it is beautiful. I also love the earrings. I don’t really have a “fashion” opinion on this entire look as it is more of a costume and I don’t mean that in a derogatory manner but that she would never wear this skirt anywhere else. I will just say that she looks beautiful and appropriate and respectful to her hosts and host country. She seemed to be having fun at the archery and as someone said the other day—it is hard to beat a lovely smile!

    • :-) That “someone” was me…..in the name of “correctness” I actually said that her smile was a fashion triumph. And today was no exception – they both look so honestly happy with each other. Perhaps I should have also said that the Duke is a great fashion accessory? ;-)

  38. Oh, Wow! I’ve been wanting to see colorful material, and this beautiful purple and blue-green skirt doesn’t disappoint. A stunniihg print, and perfect for this festive ceremony.

    The cape is an interesting choice, part Western, part Indian. It also seems practical for the climate.

    I’m swooning over the violet earrings! Altogether, Kate looks wonderful, without outshining her hosts.

    Aren’t the King and Queen an attractive young couple? They seem friendly, too. And what breathtaking scenery their country provides.

    I didn’t recognize the yellow coat Kate wore when they arrived, but it got this stop off to a sunny start. I like the way Kate is balancing old with new, and traditional with local touches.

  39. I initially agreed with Anna but I can’t quite tell if Kate’s have the diamonds around the edge. Would make sense if they were Kiki though…hard bc the pics on her site seem super enhanced to show off the stones/details so it’s hard to tell scale etc.

    A million KatePoints to whoever finds the gold earrings–I think they might be tougher bc they’re not real/are just an inexpensive high street brand? The way the French wire ends in front with a little ball is typical of an inexpensive pair I think.

  40. To be honest, I was beginning to feel like Kate was dressing as though she was a regular British vacationer– wearing inexpensive polyester dresses in prints from high street shops during the day. And, to me, her evening wear has felt a bit too much like a costume (British designers replicating Indian prints and styles). I wanted to see more nods to local designers (and less American brands). I still feel that way (particularly with *another* Tory Burch), but….

    Today’s skirt and top was a PERFECT nod to her host country, without looking costume-y. Getting locally-woven fabric and adding a French-designed top was a wonderful idea. It worked for all of the events, looked appropriate in each, and looked fabulous next to the always-lovely Queen Jetsun.

    Great diplomatic move.

  41. Hi, the yellow dresscoat is a dress in its own right – nothing worn beneath. How comey you think the crissy dress is beneath?

    The dress for the private dinner by the way is a Torry Burch

  42. Sorry, but early,this AM when i first saw the pics, my groggy thoughts were “oh William, couldnt you have worn a PURPLE tie????”
    I love how much effort the Duchess is putting in to show respect to the people, thru dress. After all isnt the main point of this trip to gain friends and fans? She does need to expand her husbands tie wardrobe tho :)

  43. Susan, I think I have to disagree with you slightly-I don’t think she’s wearing the Tory Burch under the coat. I think she must have changed on the plane. The neckline of the Tory Burch is too high and would be seen under the coat’s open neck, and if you look at the close up of her walking down the plane’s steps, it appears that the garment underneath is an orange or reddish hue…what do you think?

  44. I believe she changed during the flight: the TB print dress couldn’t have been underneath the EW. We would’ve seen a bit of its high neckline.

  45. The yellow Wickstead is hugely improved by the addition of the belt. It was such a problematic look in Scotland — a major disappointment after the knockout perfection of the green Wickstead coatdress worn for a St. Patrick’s shamrock-distribution event — that I hoped we’d never see it again. I suspect that some tailoring work has been done on the coat, because it seems to fit rather better.

    Yesterday, some of us were discussing issues raised by the wearing of quasi-ethnic dress on this tour. Here, we have an example of the Duchess wearing something — the kira — that isn’t merely ethnically-evocative, it actually IS ethnic dress. I pondered whether this was as much of a problem as I’d think her appearing in a sari in India would be, and I’ve decided that it’s not. The reason is that the Bhutanese are required to wear their traditional dress in their country, so women’s legs are not regularly on display there. I think the Duchess was merely trying to be respectful of that fact by wearing a kira, that she was not engaging in “cultural appropriation” or being in any way patronizing.

    The fabric of the skirt is quite beautiful– I love the colors — and I think it was far better to obtain that fabric in Bhutan than to use a non-Bhutanese textile. I actually would have preferred the Duchess to wear the traditional jacket as seen on the Queen and her sister-in-law, because I’m not a fan of short capes and ponchos, which I tend to think are unflattering on most people. However, the Duchess carried off this item well, so I don’t have any significant complaints about it.

    On the other hand, I think sandals would have been far preferable to the pumps.

    I’m sighing over the earrings. I am madly in love with amethysts.

    • I think sandals would have been an inappropriate choice to wear to meet a king and queen in their throne room! While the aesthetic makes sense to the western eye to pair sandals with lovely printed and embroidered dresses, the occasion calls for something more formal. Notice Queen Jetsun is wearing stilettos.

    • When I lived in Japan, my Japanese friends loved to dress me in kimonos and yukatas. We took pictures together, and my other Japanese friends wanted to see the pictures. I think when someone from another culture invites you to their home, offers to share their customs and asks to take pictures with you, obviously enjoying the experience… For someone else to look at that experience and call it appropriation is silly.

      As long as it is done with respect and friendliness, I think wearing local clothing is viewed as positively as a foreigner learning local customs and polite phrases. That was my experience in Asia, anyway.

      That being said, I do see a difference between wearing actual local textiles in a traditional way and wearing mass produced boho clothing as a “nod” to India. I agree with you that this works BECAUSE it is actually made by a local designer. I think she is overdoing it with the crazy prints. I would have preferred to see her in actual Indian designed clothing or solid color sundresses for one or two of those appearances, maybe get rid of the Anna Sui or Topshop?

      Also, I think some of the references by the press to clothing being made/beaded/embroidered etc. in India are very silly. I didn’t wear my GAP t shirt in Thailand and consider it “local”. They are stretching!

  46. You are doing such a wonderful job covering this trip. I usually don’t comment, but I just have to gush a little. I’ve been looking forward to this visit to Bhutan since they announced the tour! The traditional Bhutanese textiles are some of the most beautiful in the world.

    I love the duchess’s kira-inspired skirt. Anyone who dings her for “flashing” should take a closer look at videos for a sense of the weather conditions. It looks like there was a very strong wind so high in the mountains. I also think the duchess is not accustomed to walking in a skirt of that type. If you look, the queen takes smaller strides so that there’s less of a gap for the wind to sneak into. I think that’s a trick that only comes with experience of Bhutanese clothing and weather.

    Normally I don’t love a cape, but I am enchanted by the duchess’s top. And that belt! Just spectacular. It’s a lovely homage without becoming outright imitation or appropriation. The queen is just tremendously elegant, a stunning natural beauty. I love her entire look from the shoes to the traditional jewels and shawl. Eye-popping colors and catnip for fashion lovers. The pictures from the archery grounds were so funny. It looked like everyone had a wonderful time.And the king’s brother is a dish to boot!

    Keep up the great coverage and thank you for all your wonderful work!

  47. She is wonderful!! I love her style.

  48. The Duchess looks lovely, as usual. She has managed to look amazing this entire trip. That cape is so pretty. I thought it was part of the skirt. The embroidery is wonderful.

    I wish there was a longer film of the dancing. It’s so colorful and interesting. I have been so intrigued by the colorful images from India and Bhutan.

  49. I agree with Anna about the lavender earrings. I also think they’re from Kiki.

    I checked around on Azuni, Mirabelle and Felt London for the gold earrings. I can’t find anything like them on those sites. I’m wondering if they were given to Kate as a gift?

  50. Given the windy conditions, I held my breath as she walked out of the plane in another full skirt. The second ensemble didn’t fit properly, which is more noticeable as she walks by the Queen. The Queen’s gait is effortless, while Kate’s skirt seems to pull with her stride. Her slingbacks may have been a better choice, but something about the skirt is not working. Loved the beautiful new earrings. Kiki?

    • She might not have had the opportunity to practice walking in the skirt, or it could be a construction issue. Note that the Queen’s skirt is actually pleated (the pleats are on the right side of her skirt) and Kate’s looks to be a straight column wrap skirt. The pleats would give the Queen more flow.

      Also, I have some of that fabric and it doesn’t have much give to it. You have to drape it perfectly, because it’s kind of like tablecloth material.

      • I see your points. However, she had months and a team of people to prepare for this. They even went on that pre-tour recon trip so that Kate would have detailed information about each location ahead of time in order to aid her in planning her wardrobe.
        No one can predict a gust of wind, but she ABSOLTELY should have tried walking around in it a bit beforehand so that these issues could have been spotted ahead of time. Additionally, her entourage should have made sure it was tied correctly – they have literally all of the resources of the world at their hands; they could have took video of tutorials so they would know exactly how it should be worn so that it would drape like the Queen’s. IMO

      • Since the fabric is pretty, perhaps it could be remade into a summery skirt when she returns home–plenty of fabric there. Perhaps she was wearing it backward–that hadn’t occurred to me.

    • I’m guessing there is some difference in the way a full kira wears versus a half kira as well. The Queen’s is full.

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