Apr 162016
 

Kate brought back the white Alexander McQueen separates first worn in Singapore on the 2012 Jubilee Tour.

Bhutan Broadcasting

Bhutan Broadcasting

Mist and clouds hung low over the Bhutan airport as the royal party said their formal goodbyes to Bhutan.

Bhutan Broadcasting

Bhutan Broadcasting

William and Kate now return to India and make their visit to the Taj Mahal.

©Alan Davidson/SilverHub/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Alan Davidson/SilverHub/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Weather conditions were much different when we first saw the Duchess in the broderie anglaise pieces.

Left/Center: Gardens by the Bay Facebook Right: Rebecca English, The Daily Mail, Mail Online

Left/Center: Gardens by the Bay Facebook Right: Rebecca English, The Daily Mail, Mail Online

Above, September 2012.  Below, April 2016.

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Bhutan Broadcasting

It looked cool and damp but Kate didn’t seem to be chilled.

©Alan Davidson/SilverHub/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Alan Davidson/SilverHub/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

She accessorized with her LK Bennett Natalie clutch.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

And I *think* she wore her Fern heels, also by LK Bennett.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

The Duchess also wore her Kiki McDonough Lauren pave diamond leaf earrings.

©Polaris / Kiki McDonough

©Polaris / Kiki McDonough

Emily Andrews of The Sun shared a picture of the necklace Kate received as a gift from Queen Jetsun.  

Emily Andrews, The Sun @ByEmilyAndrews

Emily Andrews, The Sun @ByEmilyAndrews

The royal entourage and media enjoyed spectacular views of the Himalayas and Mt. Everest on the way to Agra. Mark Stewart shared a picture of the stunning mountains and skies.

Mark Stewart @Regal Eyes

Mark Stewart @Regal Eyes

The group arriving at Agra’s airport.

Simon Perry, People magazine @SPerryPeopleMag

Simon Perry, People magazine @SPerryPeopleMag

The hospitality was evident in Agra with banners welcoming the royal visitors.

Emily Andrews, The Sun @ByEmilyAndrews

Emily Andrews, The Sun @ByEmilyAndrews

And another.

Peter Hunt, The BBC

Peter Hunt, The BBC

There is local interest in the visit, more from the Hindustan Times:

Stringent security measures are in place at the Taj Mahal for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s visit to the monument on Saturday.

To mark the Duke and Duchess’ visit to Agra, a local cafe is serving a special complimentary coffee, the Royal Duchess coffee to customers. The Sheroes Hangout café is run by acid attack survivors.

The most noticeable thing about arriving back in India today: the heat. It is  41℃, that’s about 105℉.  It’s possible “oppressive” is an understatement, the word ‘enervating’ comes to mind.

Weather.com

Weather.com

The media preparing to wait.

Victoria Murphy, The Mirror  @QueenVicMIrror

Victoria Murphy, The Mirror
@QueenVicMIrror

The engagement is slated for 3:45pm local time, that’s 6:45 EDT. The schedule is relatively simple: Kate & William will pose for photographs and then spend an hour touring the Taj Mahal privately. We’ll have total coverage of that event; if merited, we will live blog.  There are a variety of advancers on today’s visit, here is a partial list:

  • The Daily Mail’s story (and photos) on the Bhutan departure and Taj tour is here; The Sky News story looking ahead to the tour is here
  • The Hindustan Times story about preps and lopgistics at the Taj Mahal is here

  17 Responses to “From Tour to Tour: Kate in White Alexander McQueen for Bhutan Departure”

  1. I think this is one of my favorite looks! I loved it back in 2012 and even looked in to having something made. Figured it wouldn’t look as good though! With the blue wedges it looked great, but it’s even better with the nude. White with nude accessories is such a classy look!

    Also, having seen pictures of her when she was younger, I think she has naturally curly/wavy hair. As someone with similar texture, HOW on earth is her hair defying the heat and humidity???? I would love to know what products she is using!

  2. That necklace is beautiful. I won’t be surprised if we see her wear it again back in the UK. I like the deep neckline on this dress. She looks great.

  3. Nice to see Kate uncovered. This looks very stylish after all the boho looks, although not one of McQueen’s more interesting designs. Same as usual looking bag and shoes. It was good of Kate to wear the gift necklace but something brighter would have picked this look up a bit. As I said earlier Kate’s stylist isn’t putting much effort into accessories what are fairly basic outfits that could really benefit from some creativity to lift these outfits from ok to wow.

  4. I like this look so much better without the belt, and I liked the Emilia Wickstead for Bhutan arrival so much better WITH the belt. Funny how a belt can make or break an entire outfit!

  5. I want a necklace like the one Kate got from Queen Jetson. So delicate and beautiful (and meaningful too).
    Kate is a vision of grace and beauty.

  6. Do you think the neckline might have been taken up a notch? It looked more plunging in the 2012 pics.

  7. So sweet that the Duchess wore the gift from the Queen. Very nice gesture. I was in 108 degree heat once, in Phoenix. I said “once” because I high-tailed it out of there the next day and headed north to Sedona. I don’t think oppressive really describes how heat like that makes you feel. And Phoenix is dry. I can’t imagine what it’s like with the humidity in Agra. It’s amazing to me how cool and fresh the Duke and Duchess look at the Taj Mahal. I’m sure I would have looked like a dish rag.

  8. The full skirts look lovely and I hope she continues to wear them as they flatter her slim figure, but why doesn’t she wear a slip (remember those?) or a more closely fitted lining, especially when getting on or off airplanes.Kate has bucked the bare-leg trend by wearing sheer hose, even in extreme heat; it would be consistent for her to bring back the half slip and spare herself headlines of Marilyn Monroe moments.

    • You’re so right – it’s bizarre that she’ll suffer tights but baulk at petticoats! I wear a slip when wearing tights to prevent a skirt from sticking to tights and as you say when wearing a full lined skirt it’s still preferable to have a straight slip as well to prevent accidents.

  9. I always loved this outfit and I am glad to see her wear it again.

  10. I was wondering why the ensemble looked a little different today – no belt!

  11. I like this dress better without the belt, as worn today.

  12. I like this outfit even better the second time around. The material is beautifully textured, and the fit is so pretty. A belt is superfluous. I like it better without.
    William and Kate have held up so well during this visit packed with appearances. I hope they will have many happy memories. They, and their staff, have done a wonderful job.

  13. The white McQueen looks better on a second outing, the top is better structured than I thought, and it’s a good neckline to show off the gifted pendant. I also like it better with sleek court shoes than clunky espadrille wedges and I’m surprised that the nude accessories look well with it and not too washed out.

    A handy departure outfit in as far as it’s low-key, but another ominously full skirt to be wearing on a runway. Three stylists on tour with Kate and still no-one thinks better of doing this?

  14. I like this so much better without the belt

  15. Kate looks cool and pretty in this outfit. Wearing the necklace from the Queen of Bhutan is a nice touch – something that Kate seems especially good at doing. What good ambassadors Kate and William are for Great Britain. I am going to miss my daily dose of new outfits from Kate after the last week. It has been wonderful viewing such a range and diversity of outfits. Thank you Susan for your thorough and excellent coverage – it has been a pleasure to keep track of everything on this website.

    • I have enjoyed each morning waking up and viewing the past night festivities in India.
      They are such an adorable couple, God Bless them !!!! Guess the next outfits we will watch for will be the Queen’s birthday celebrations !!!!

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