Sep 292012

We are back with our third and final Royal Tour poll, this one looking at accessories: bags, shoes, jewelry and a few miscellaneous items. Many of the items will look familiar, there are also few new pieces in the mix we think everyone will enjoy seeing again. The post is broken into four polls; one on handbags, another for shoes, a third for jewelry and a final mini-poll on things that stand on their own.


Our first item is the clutch carried for the couple’s arrival in Singapore when Kate was in the pink Jenny Packham dress, it was also carried for the Solomon Islands arrival, accessorizing the Jonathan Saunders Evelyn. Some believe this is a Jimmy Choo Cosma bag.

PHOTOS: James Whatling – Corbis – Splash

With her Erdem dress at the Eden Hall reception in Singapore Kate carried another UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) clutch.

Splash News

We saw the return of the Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Maud, it was seen at the State Dinner in Singapore, Kate was wearing her Prabal Gurung dress for that event.

Anya Hindmarch Maud Clutch

The Wilbur and Gussie ‘Charlie’ also made another appearance, it was carried to the State Dinner in Malaysia, accessorizing Kate’s Alexander McQueen gown.

Wilbur and Gussie

We saw the Russell and Bromley ‘Muse’ return in Singapore, accessorizing the white broderie anglaise McQueen suit.

Rebecca English, Daily Mail/Splash News

LK Bennett’s Natalie was back for the tour, including Kate & William’s visit to the Mosque in Malaysia, as well as the British-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

LK Bennett Natalie

During the trip to Sabah in Malaysia we saw Kate with one of her many Longchamp Le Pliage totes on the helicopter.

Medium Le Pliage Tote at Selfridges


Kate started the tour in her LK Bennett Taupe Sledge pumps, seen in Singapore.

LK Bennett Sledge in Taupe

Kate’s Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedge was seen on multiple occasions, including the couple’s day in Singapore.

Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon

There was an addition to the ‘Sledge family,’ we saw Kate wear the Sledge in Off White.

LK Bennett Sledge in Off White

The LK Bennett Harper was back, worn with the Erdem dress to the reception at British High Commissioner’s residence in Singapore, more in this post.

LK Bennett Harper

For the formal dinner in Malaysia Kate brought out a new pair of Jimmy Choo heels, the Dart. (With thanks to WKW Facebook friend Sarah for identifying these.)

Splsah News/Jimmy Choo

Kate’s black Prada heels returned, worn with the creamy white and purple Prabal Gurung dress for the State Dinner in Singapore.

Splash News

For the day in Borneo’s rainforest, Kate opted to wear her Brasher Hillmaster GTX boots.

Brasher/Simon Amos – Brasher Facebook Page

The Stuart Weitzman Minx returned.

Chris Jackson/PA Wire

We briefly saw Kate wear her trusty Pied a Terre Imperia wedges when departing Kota Kinabalu and journeying to the Solomon Islands.

Pied a Terre ‘Imperia’

And that covers the footwear.


Annoushka Pearl Drops set  in 18K gold Created in 18ct yellow gold and pearl, these Pearl Earring Drops look stunning on our Eclipse 18ct yellow gold and diamond Porcupine Hoop Earrings.

Annoushka/Splash News

Diamond Drops with Aqua-ish/Blue-ish prong set center stone, possibly a custom version of the Kiki McDonough earrings shown below.

Kiki McDonough/UK Press Association

Once again we saw the diamond and sapphire earrings that were re-fashioned from a pair of Princess Diana’s, below we show them (barely) during the couple’s time at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Gardens by the Bay Facebook

For the State Dinner in Malaysia the Duchess wore pieces by Catherine Zoraida, including the artisan’s Double Leaf Earrings.

UK Press Association/Catherine Zoraida

Kate also wore the Scales (Spread Your Wings)Bracelet by Ms Zoraida.

UK Press Association/Catherine Zoraida

Also new to the mix, Kate’s Red Sponge Coral earrings by Serretta, worn with the TAV pacific dress for the Governor General’s dinner in

Serretta Red Sponge Coral Earrings

Kate reprised her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings to go with the yellow Jaeger dress worn throughout the day in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Kiki McDonough

We saw another new pair of earrings on the tour, Kate wore the Azuni Disc Studs with Drop Stone from the company’s Athena collection.


That concludes our look at jewelry.

Miscellaneous Accessories: A few items stood out as meriting another look, either because they were unusual, or their inclusion in another category really didn’t make sense.

The parasol carried after the wreath laying at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore, as William and Kate toured the Cemetery following the ceremony.

James Whatling/Corbis

The Jane Taylor bespoke hat worn for the Solomon Islands arrival with the Jonathan Saunders Evelyn dress.

Jane Taylor Millinery/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online

Kate’s elegant pearl hair accessories wowed many of her fashion followers.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail – Mail Online Twitter

At the gala dinner in Tuvalu Kate was given a traditional skirt to wear atop her ALICE by Temperley Beatrice dress.

PA Wire

Kate wearing a traditional Tuvaluan Fou, a floral head dressing, at Funafuti.

Loia M. Tausi – Explores Blog

We’ll be back shortly with a look at Kate’s outing to a friend’s wedding today, a giveaway and an app update, there is another one that is now available.


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 orang utans 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



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