Sep 122012

Kate opted for an elegant white suit by Alexander McQueen for several of today’s events in Singapore.

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The day began with a visit to Singapore’s stunning Gardens by the Bay, an extraordinary urban horticultural sanctuary. William and Kate were met by crowds chanting “Will is brill, Kate is great!” Kate was given a lovely bouquet.

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Georgina Brewer of ITV shared this image of the couple at the Gardens.

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Here we see the Duke and Duchess aboard an open mini-bus used to get about the Gardens.

Gardens by the Bay Facebook Page

William and Kate visited Super Tree Grove, an area with “unique trees of up to 16 storeys in height”. Georgina Brewer’s picture shows Kate and one of those massive trees, as well as William a bit farther down the bridge.

Georgina Brewer/ITV Twitter Feed

Kate’s white McQueen suit was done in a broderie anglaise fabric, a material with cutout designs and embroidery around those cutouts.  Here is a better look via a photo from the Gardens by the Bay Facebook page.

Gardens by the Bay Facebook

The suit showcased a fitted top with cuffed short sleeves, a deep vee neck, and self belt.

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Everyone was eager to see William and Kate.

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It was a typically hot & humid Singapore morning, with temperatures around 85°.

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The skirt is in the same fabric as the top, the French term “broderie Anglaise” translates to “English embroidery.”

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Emma Branch shared this picture via Twitter, Kate looks like an old pro greeting people on the rope line.

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Here is a better view of the back, again thanks to Rebecca English of the Daily Mail.

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter Feed

I believe this is a bespoke suit by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, was an excellent look for the events, a crisp white cotton style that stood up well to the heat and humidity.

The Duchess brought back the Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges (available in other colors here) worn so frequently during the Olympics and Paralympics, from Russell & Bromley.

Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon

It looks like Kate carried her navy suede Muse clutch again (also from Russell & Bromley), she also brought back the diamond sapphire cluster earrings we have seen her wear with some frequency.

Then it was on to the Rolls Royce plant in Seletar, the new facility was just opened in February, it houses the only large aerospace engine assembly in Asia. It represents an enormous investment in Singapore by the British firm. The visit began with welcoming speeches and remarks by Prince William, we see the auditorium of the new facility in this photo from Rose Hughes.

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Then it was time for a tour, Today Online shared this picture.

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Kate pushed a button moving a final fan blade into place, completing the assembly of the first engine at the plant.

Rose Hughes/Sky News Twitter (@RoseSkyNews)

Technically it is the Trent aero engine.

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Kate chatting with executives at the factory.

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Next on the itinerary:

  • 2:45PM (2:45 AM EDT): In the afternoon it’s off to Strathmore Green, a precinct in Queenstown, a residential area in Singapore; the area was chosen because it was named after Queen Elizabeth II. The couple will view a cultural performance that will showcase the three main cultures of Singapore: the Chinese, Malay and Indian communities. The couple will also view children’s games and meet local residents.
  • 3:15pm (3:15am EDT) Staying within Queenstown, the pair visit the Rainbow Center, a school and community center for children with special needs. (The Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.) William goes to watch phys ed activities while Kate meets children in art therapy classes
  • In the evening, Kate and William attend a reception at Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner’s residence, for prominent Singaporeans and members of the British and international expatriate communities. Entertainment will be provided by Musicity, a program blending British, Singaporean and other musical genres.

We’ll be updating later with new images and/or doing a fresh post.



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