As the Jubilee Tour continues, Kate and William’s first full day in Kuala Lumpur began with a visit to As-syakirin Mosque.
This is the largest mosque in Malaysia, it is the first time the couple has been to an Islamic place of worship. Above you see Kate with her shoes off, William in the process of removing his, Kate had her head covered in observance of Islamic religious law. (For anyone questioning the lack of toenail polish, it is inappropriate, Muslim women cannot pray if wearing it.)
It looked like the Duke and Duchess were happy to see the crowds.
The crowds were large, some people waiting for hours to see the young Royals.
Another look at the enormous crowds as Kate and William arrived.
Kate and William beginning the walkabout.
The photo above is from ITV’s Carly Watson, she noted the heat seemed to be impacting even Kate and Williams.
Kate now seems utterly at ease, reaching out and plunging into the crowds.
She is clearly connecting with people.
Kate remained smiling throughout the day.
Hopefully Kate’s elegant updo helped keep her a little cooler.
In Michelle Tessy’s Instagram photo you can see the styling a little better.
It almost seemed like Kate was given flowers every few minutes.
This Instagram photo by Tasnim Aznan shows the back of Kate’s dress.
Kate and William were finally able to sit down and cool off somewhat as seen in Tian Chad’s Instagram photo.
For today’s events Kate returned to another label she likes, Beulah London.
Kate’s dress is silk chiffon like the Blossom, as opposed to the heavier silk satin of the Holly. Looking at the picture below you can see the buttons up the bodice are identical to those on the Holly, as is the keyhole opening at the top of the neckline.
More elements of the Blossom: the vertical pleating radiating downward from the waistline, the gathering and darting at the waist and bust.
Those finer points are difficult to see on the Blossom because of the print.
The detailing on the shoulders also comes from the Blossom.
The brand is owned by a friend of Kate and William, Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs. They are focused on working for social betterment on a number of fronts, primarily the trafficking of women. Kate previously wore the brand’s Sarai dress in October of 2011, the Blossom in June of this year, the latter remains available for £475.
Clearly, time and thought went into creating the dress, it was a very good choice for the occasion.
UPDATED: Kate’s dress is now available on the Beulah website. It is called the Sabitri, it is described as “the bespoke version of our Blossom dress.”
From the product description:
The beautiful silk and cut makes this dress original, flattering and feminine in a versatile way that can be worn from day to evening. This piece is the bespoke version of our Blossom dress. We are only selling a limited number of this style and please note, delivery takes up to 6 weeks.
The Sabitri is £895, approximately $1450 at today’s exchange rates. Many thanks to WKW Facebook friend Galina for letting us know the dress had been added to the Beulah website this evening while I was writing the post.
It provided a refined silhouette while also offering proper coverage, yet it retained a distinctly feminine look that was very pretty on the Duchess and the soft hue enhanced her coloring perfectly.
Really and truly, Kate wore the Sledge shoes – we have incontrovertible proof. (Insert smirk.)
That gives me a chance to thank James Whatling for working so hard to get good photographs of Kate’s accessories and clothing details, he is always helpful and a delight to chat with, and *very* tolerant of so many bloggers yammering at him about shooting this and shooting that – thank you James!
And the appetizers, including crabmeat timbale, goat cheese roulade and crisped walnut bread filled with mushrooms.
To say things looked delicious would be an understatement.
Today was really a stellar series of engagements William and Kate, in addition to the heat & humidity, they were just coming off difficult news at breakfast about photos being published in France. Additionally, there was quite a security scare this morning for the couple, more from the Telegraph:
The Duchess was getting into a Maybach limousine bearing the Royal standard when the unnamed fan lurched forward and tried to throw a long-stemmed flower into the car.
The man, who is understood to have followed the Royal couple from his native Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, lunged at the Duchess and tried to give her a flower as she and the Duke left a festival of Malaysian dancing in a park in the capital.
Next on the itinerary:
- A Diamond Jubilee tea party at the High Commissioner’s residence. This is the event that was the subject of an online contest, the High Commission held a photo contest, two lucky winners will be included at the Tea. (You can see photo submissions here.)
- Among the notables expected at the tea are shoe impresario Jimmy Choo, actress Michelle Yeoh and Olympian Pandalela Rinong (a London 2012 Bronze Medal winner), our thanks to Royal photographer Mark Stewart for sharing this information
- Kate & William leave Kuala Lumpur, flying to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. They will be welcomed with a reception hosted by the Sabah State Government before retiring for the evening.
We’ll be back with coverage of the later events. We leave you with a look at the welcome being readied in the Solomon Islands, with thanks to CNN’s Max Foster for the photo.