Sep 112012

Kate selected a British designer for the launch of the Jubilee Tour in Singapore, wearing a pale pink Jenny Packham dress. Here we see the Duke and Duchess being greeted upon arrival at the airport.

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Our thanks to Channel 5 Royal Correspondent Simon Vigar for an early look at the couple’s arrival in his photo.

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The bespoke frock also has three-quarter sleeves, a self-belt, deep vee neckline and full skirt. Here we see the dress from the back.

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Kate accessorized with what looks like a new pair of LK Bennett’s Sledge pumps but in Off White, not Kate’s standard Taupe.

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As many Kate fashion followers know, the Sledge is very much a “go to” shoe for the Duchess. We also saw Kate’s pearl drop earrings again, she wore her hair partially up.

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We have not yet identified Kate’s bag.

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A commenter (Anna) thinks it is Jimmy Choo’s Cosma Disco Bar Clutch, this links to that bag in a different color/decor.

The couple arrived at about 2:50pm local time on a scheduled British Airways flight, they were formally greeted at the airport. Here is more via The Telegraph, with reaction from an official’s wife:

His wife Sadiah Bte Shahal, who presented the Duchess with the bouquet of yellow flowers, said: “They are such a lovely couple, so affable.

“Kate was asking me about my children, what their ages are. “We talked about the UK and particularly about shopping.

“She also asked me about the flowers I gave her, she said they are very unusual and what are they.

“I said I’m not sure but I think they’re two types of orchids.”

Rebecca English’s story in the Daily Mail notes the Duchess and Sadiah Bte Shahal also discussed something many readers will appreciate:

We talked about the UK and particularly about shopping at Bicester (a designer shopping outlet in Oxfordshire frequented by the Middleton family).

‘I said I’ve been there and I love it and she said she does as well. She said it’s great how everything is so contained.

In addition to filing her story, Ms. English shared a number of photos on Twitter, including these of the pair arriving at the hotel.

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter

William and Kate’s first official engagement was at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where they saw an orchid that has been named in their honor. Royal Photographer Mark Stewart (@RegalEyes) shared a Twitter photo of that flower:

Mark Stewart Twitter (@RegalEyes)

They also saw the orchid named for Princess Diana just prior to her death, part of the VIP Orchid Garden. Here we see William and Kate looking at that flower via the “National Parks – Let’s Make Singapore Our Garden” Facebook page. .

National Parks – Let’s Make Singapore Our Garden Facebook

The couple as they arrived at the Gardens, they were accompanied by the CEO of NParks, Mr Poon Hong Yuen.

National Parks – Let’s Make Singapore Our Garden Facebook

Two more shots of the tour about the National Orchid Gardens.

Nparks – Let’s Make Singapore Our Garden Facebook-

Below, the guest book after William and Kate signed it.

National Parks – Let’s Make Singapore Our Garden Facebook

This was a splendid look for Kate that also recognized those hosting the couple for this first leg of the Tour. The dress was flattering and the accessories made for a solid ensemble; it was good to see Kate’s hair pulled back from her face.

There is a substantial number of media following the Tour, below we see some of them amid the lush greenery of the Botanic Gardens, as shared by Rose Hughes of Sky News (@RoseSkyNews):

Rose Hughes Sky News Twitter

The pair then headed off to the famed Raffles Hotel, the crowd’s excitement was palpable, as noted by The Straits Times on Twitter.

The Straits Times Twitter Feed

The Times shared this photo of Kate arriving at the hotel.

The Straits Times Twitter Feed

Kate and William are not the first Royals to stay here, far from it; more in a recent Hotel news release:

In 2006, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh honoured us by staying at Raffles Hotel during their State Visit to Singapore, so to now have the opportunity to welcome Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in this Jubilee and Olympic year, will be a very special pleasure for all of us at Raffles Hotel.”

As previously noted, the crowds were large, here is one fan via The Straits Times twitter feed.

The Straits Times Twitter Feed

Tonight William and Kate head to a formal affair, an official State Dinner hosted by The President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, at his residence, the Istana. William will address the guests on behalf of the Queen.

Singaporean customs are a bit different than those in the UK and many other places, ITV’s Cordelia Kretzschmar noted this on Twitter:

Rebecca English of the Daily Mail made a lighthearted comment about a venue on the itinerary in the next country to be visited, Kuala Lumpur:

Rebecca English/Daily Mail

We’ll be back shortly with a look at what Kate wears for tonight’s State Dinner.


Aug 302012

Kate and William returned to form for today’s Paralympics 2012 events, wearing official Team GB duds.

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It was a familiar look for the Duchess.

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The couple looked happy and relaxed as they watched Track Cycling in the Velodrome, once again taking part in what is known as a Mexican Wave.

London 2012 Website

They were able to see Paralympic GB’s first Gold Medal, as Sarah Storey won the Individual C5 Pursuit.

London 2012 Twitter

Kate brought back her Team GB fleece, skinny jeans and red Adidas Supernova trainers.

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Kate and William are seen watching ParalympicGB playing Lithuania in Goalball in this photo from the Paralympics GB Twitter feed.

ParalympicsGB Twitter

This evening Kate went solo to the Aquatic Center, she switched to her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges worn so frequently to the Olympics.


We also have details on the couple’s upcoming South Pacific tour as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It includes Kate’s first speech abroad, a host of public and private events, even the possibility of a tiara. It all begins in Singapore.

  • Sept 11th: Singapore – Botanic Gardens,
  • September 13th: Malaysia
  • September 15th: Sabah, Malaysia (rainforest)
  • September 16th: Solomon Islands
  • September 18th: Tuvalu

More from the Daily Mail:

The Queen is believed to be lending her several pieces of jewellery including, possibly, one of her favourite tiaras.

Her famous locks will be also well cared for – Prince Charles is privately footing the bill for a freelance hairdresser to travel with them.

More form the official statement, quoting Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton:
“The Duke and Duchess will use the tour to pay tribute – through what they do and say and who they meet – to the Queen’s lifetime and dedication to the mix of peoples and cultures that make up all of Her Majesty’s realms and the Commonwealth.”The tour will comprise a mixture of formal and informal moments which reflect these aims and Duke and Duchess’s characters and interests.”

Once again we social media playing a role, the British High Commission in Singapore offices have organized a number of online events,designed to “showcase the best of Britain in Singapore, for Singaporeans and the local British community alike.” Activities include a photography contest, even a Twitter poll to pick what food item

Foodies are encouraged to follow and post their ideas about “What Singaporean dish should the Royal Couple eat?” by mentioning @UKinSingapore and using the hashtag #RoyalMenuSG.

More on the Singapore leg of the tour from Today Online:

Arriving on Tuesday, September 11, their itinerary will include visits to the Botanic Gardens, Gardens by the Bay, the Strathmore Green district in Queenstown, the Rolls Royce plant in Seletar and the Kranji Commonwealth war cemetery.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also be hosted by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to a State dinner at the Istana, and an official reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence, Eden Hall.

The Mirror writes about what will be a touching event in Singapore:

The couple will attend an orchid naming ceremony at the Singapore Botanic Gardens where, in a poignant moment, they will look at the flower that Diana herself never got to see.

The couple will visit a special needs community, Rainbow Centre, Kate is expected to take part in an art therapy class while William spends time with a sports class.

In Malaysia Kate will have her first international public speaking engagement, she will be talking to staff and patients at Hospis Malaysia. The couple will also have dinner with the King of Malaysia, a formal affair.

Again there are also social media endeavors, the British High Commission has launched ‘The Ultimate Royal-Tea Competition‘:

The competition will see two lucky winners walk away with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the Royal Couple at a tea party organised by the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

The trip to Sabah has residents excited, this image is from Dive Down Below:

Dive Down Below

More from the Dive Down Below website:

The whole of Sabah is abuzz with news of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, visiting our fair eastern Malaysian state here in the northern part of Borneo.

Sabah, previously known as North Borneo and a former British Crown Colony, has a rich history tied to the UK.

On the 17th the pair spend the night on a private island, Tavanipupu, a five star resort.

Tavanipupu Island

(The Island can be yours for £7.5million, it is evidently for sale.)

As many hoped, when the couple gets to Tuvalu, they will take part in a ceremonial arrival, more from the Evening Standard:

Their arrival in Tuvalu — making them the first members of the royal family to visit since the Queen and Prince Philip in 1982 — will see them carried off their aircraft in a traditional ceremony.

“It’s going to be a bit of a surprise for all of us,” an aide admitted. “It remains to be seen whether it’s a canoe or some other form of platform they are going to carry them on.”

It won’t be all posh digs and upscale fun, back to the Daily Mail’s story, a portion about the Tuvalu visit:

But it will be rather less luxurious than their previous stop. The island is plagued by ants and large rats, and the infrastructure is so limited that the couple will stay in only the most basic of hotels.

Clearly one of Kate’s biggest challenges will be coping with the heat and humidity, the average September temperature on Tuvalu is in the mid-80s, in Singapore it is 81°.
We’ll be sharing more details moving forward.