Apr 172014
 

Kate and William visited Australia’s renowned Blue Mountains today, spending time with those impacted by last year’s devastating bushfires.

Emily Andrews, The Sun (@byEmilyAndrews)

Emily Andrews, The Sun (@byEmilyAndrews)

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Apr 162014
 

The Cambridges have arrived in Sydney, Australia, where they were greeted by cheering crowds and another welcome sight: sunshine.

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris Images

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris Images

Following the brief airport welcome the Cambridges were taken to Sydney’s famed Opera House for a reception. Crowds of people eagerly awaited a glimpse of the royals.

Jonathan Samuels, Sky News Australia Correspondent

Jonathan Samuels, Sky News Australia Correspondent

This young lady was on full tiara alert, hers was perched atop her head.

702 ABC Sydney

702 ABC Sydney

Valentine Low of The Times posted a photo of someone in the crowd who had something in common with Prince George.

Valentine Low, The Times

Valentine Low, The Times

Prince William spoke briefly during the Opera House reception, more from 702 ABC Sydney Radio:

And in a crowd-pleasing remark, Prince William referred to the presents received after the birth of his son, Prince George.

“Catherine and I were very grateful for the many kinds messages and gifts that we received when George was first born. I suggest George’s first word might be bilby, if only because koala is too difficult to say.”

While at the reception they received a gift for George from the Cricket World Cup organization, his own miniature cricket bat.

Cricket World Cup

Cricket World Cup

702 Radio Sydney was outside the Opera House and shared several photos, including this one.

702 Sydney Twitter

Lawrence Champness (@Champy) 702 ABC Radio

As well as this image of the couple.

Lawrenc Champness (@Champy) 702 ABC Sydney

Lawrence Champness (@Champy) 702 ABC Sydney

The family is staying at Admiralty House, just across the water from the Opera House. Below we see the Duke and Duchess with their hosts, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne.

9News Sydney

9News Sydney

Kate wore a vivid yellow dress by Roksanda Ilincic, identified almost immediately by our friends at Perth Fashion. The piece is a custom version of the designer’s ‘Ryedale’ dress from the spring/summer 2014 collection.

Matches Fashion

Matches Fashion

Above we show the Ryedale off the rack version of the dress at Matches Fashion. There are really only three changes needed to make the Ryedale dress like Kate’s, or vice-a-versa:

  • square off the neckline, as opposed to using the rounded neckline
  • take the excess fabric out of the belled sleeves
  • reverse the colors so that what is white in the photo above is yellow, what is yellow becomes white

This offers a good look at the squared neckline on the Duchess’s dress.

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/www.i-Images.co

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/www.i-Images.co

The piece is 100% wool crepe, a fabric with texture that can breathe quite well and retain its shape; it is lined in a silk/cotton blend. The dress incorporates many features Kate is fond of in a dress: the off-center slit at the hem on the front, exposed back zipper and defined waistline. The Ryedale dress sells for $1441 at Matches.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

Today’s dress is another instance of Kate using her wardrobe to send a message: yellow is one of Australia’s colors (technically green and gold are the colors, but yellow is almost interchangeable), wearing it is a relatively easy way to convey respect and gratitude for your hosts. The yellow is also an excellent shade for her, flattering with her coloring. The only drawback? Apparently Prince William isn’t as favorably impressed with the color, more from Grazia UK:

The literal dresser isn’t only matching the sun (Syndey is a bright 22 degrees compared to 13 over in Wellington), but is also referencing the country’s flag in yellow gold.

Kate told a lady in the crowd however: ‘William said I look like a banana.’

The frock also comes in a minty green with navy.

Matches Fashion

Matches Fashion

The Duchess paired two favorite accessories from LK Bennett: her trusty Sledge heels ($345)….

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

…and her Natalie clutch (no longer available).

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

On the jewelry front Kate wore her pearl drop earrings by Annoushka and it looked like she was wearing her Mappin & Webb ‘Fortune’ necklace.

Annoushka

Annoushka

William, Kate and George are now at Admiralty House where they are staying. People magazine’s Simon Perry shared this picture of Admiralty House as seen from the Opera House.

Simon Perry, People Magazine

Simon Perry, People Magazine

We’ll leave you with a look at Prince George, who seems to be taking it all in and pondering his next move.

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/www.i-Images.co

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/www.i-Images.co

I think he heard rumors about giant wombats and was finalizing defensive maneuvers.

TODAY Show (Australia) Instagram

TODAY Show (Australia) Instagram

NEXT SCHEDULED EVENTS:

  • William and Kate travel to the Blue Mountains located west of Sydney
    • In the morning the couple will spend time with families impacted by the bushfires that swept through the region last October
    • They will go to see the Three Sisters rock formation, undamaged by the bushfires
    • they will either abseil themselves, or watch others rappelling
    • in the evening they have a private meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbot at Admiralty House

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Apr 152014
 

And they’re off! The Cambridges are on their way to Sydney, Australia, Kate wearing separates from Rebecca Taylor.

i-Images/Polaris

i-Images/Polaris

The Duke and Duchess started their final day in New Zealand with a visit to the to the Royal New Zealand Police College. The Duke and Duchess were introduced to some of the newest ‘recruits,’ German shepherd puppies that will be trained as police dogs.

Governor-General

New Zealand Governor-General

More from Richard Palmer’s story in the Express:

Kate, 32, seemed especially spellbound as she picked up her puppy and stroked it. She said, “It wants to hide under my jacket. I think it can smell George.”

She asked police commissioner Mike Bush, “What do you feed them?” and, “Can they see yet?”

The couple, who cuddled the puppies lovingly, have made two-year-old Lupo very much part of their family.

Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, visited the College 33 years ago.

Below we see Prince William speaking with a little girl named Iris.

New Zealand Governor-General

New Zealand Governor-General Twitter

Back to Rebecca’s story:

They later met a little girl with an inoperable brain tumour, Iris Pouau, from Porirua, who had turned seven yesterday.

She wore hundreds of beads representing the number of times shed had surgical procedures and presented Kate with a bouquet of purple irises. She also held a toy dog that police had given her yesterday for her birthday.

Kate: ‘It’s very nice to meet you. How old are you?’ Looking at the toy dog, she added ‘He’s very cute. Have you seen the puppies outside? You’ve been a very, very good girl.’

Another look at the couple holding the puppies.

The Police also had a gift for Prince George. The Daily Mail’s Royal Correspondent, Rebecca English, has more in her story:

The college’s Kapa Haka (Maori cultural) group also gave an impromptu performance of Singing in the Rain – a tribute to the appalling weather – which had the royals couple in stitches. They then segued into a traditional Maori tune with a poi dancer performing.

Shortly before morning tea, Wills and Kate were presented with police one-piece for George that read ‘junior recruit’. Wills said “Fantastic. Brilliant. He’ll love that. Thank you. Will it fit him? He’s grown!’ Kate agreed, adding: ‘He’s grown lots!’

New Zealand Police Twitter

New Zealand Police Twitter

 

The Duke and Duchess with Police Commissioner Bush and Deputy Commissioner Rickard.

New Zealand Police Twitter Feed

New Zealand Police Twitter Feed

Below we see Kate and William signing the guest book at the College, and a life-sized Plunket bear waited among those gathered to say goodbye to the Duke and Duchess. (Click here to read about Prince George receiving his own bear from the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.)

NZ Police & Plunket New Zealand Twitter Feeds

NZ Police & Plunket New Zealand Twitter Feeds

There were sizable crowds in Wellington’s City Centre hoping to get a glimpse of the royals. Tiffany and Sophia, intrepid WKWers, were among those gathered in the rain; they shared these photos.

DuchessSpotting Twitter Feed

DuchessSpotting Twitter Feed

Then it was off to the airport for Kate, William and George.

Kate first wore the Rebecca Taylor separates in April of 2012 at a reception honoring the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole.

Splash News

Splash News

The jacket and skirt are from the “Sparkle Tweed” group, part of the pre-fall 2012/2013 collection, crafted from a heavily textured melange weft. From our original post, “The jacket originally sold at $450, it features frayed trim at the multiple seams, three quarter sleeves, chiffon and sequin floral embellishment at the neck, and a grosgrain covered placket.”

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

Here is a closer look at the collar embellishment.

Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus

Many readers will recall that Ms. Taylor was born in New Zealand; she now lives and shows her collections in New York. (More in this post.)

A closer view of Kate’s Muse clutch by Stuart Weitzman (¢245, roughly$410) and her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch ($4550).

i-Images/Polaris Images

i-Images/Polaris Images

The Duchess also wore her sapphire/diamond earrings and her navy Prada pumps (which must be soaked). Because we have had inquiries about Kate’s eternity ring, the third band on her finger, I thought it would be a good idea to share a closeup.

Andrew Parsons, i-Images, www.i-Images.co

Andrew Parsons, i-Images, www.i-Images.co

Journalist Rebecca Quilliam tweeted a photo showing “the royal wardrobe” being loaded into the cargo area of the Australian Air Force jet taking them to Sydney.

Rebecca Quilliam Twitter (@BexQuilliam)

Rebecca Quilliam Twitter (@BexQuilliam)

Fortunately the rain stopped briefly as Kate, William and George were at the airport. For those keeping track, Prince George is ‘recycling’ his sweater, it is the same cardigan we saw him sporting when the family arrived in Wellington almost 10 days ago. Obviously it is a case of “like mother, like son” when it comes to re-wearing pieces. (Heh, heh, heh.)

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/www.i-Images.co

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/www.i-Images.co

We haven’t yet identified the cardigan, when we do we’ll let you know.

This time Prince William carried George on the tarmac and up the stairs to the aircraft door.

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/www.i-Images.co

Andrew Parsons/i-Images/www.i-Images.co

His Royal Highness looked a wee bit sleepy.

i-Images/Polaris Images

i-Images/Polaris Images

We will be back with another post when the family arrives in Sydney, scheduled for 2:30pm local time, that is 12:30am EDT. The crowds are already gathered, as seen in this photo from The Sun’s Emily Andrews.

Emily Andrews, The Sun

Emily Andrews, The Sun

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