Following yesterday’s very busy morning and early afternoon, Kate changed to an exquisite dress by Alice Temperley for tea at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Kuala Lumpur.
Guests at the event came from a broad swatch of notables, including Hasihin Sanawi, a Paralympian medalist.
Also at the tea, Siti Nurhaliza, a Malaysian singer and televsion presenter. She shared this photo from the tea.
As well a look at her invitation.
Shoe impresario Jimmy Choo attended the party, more from the Daily Mail:
‘She is an absolutely beautiful person both inside and out. Very much like Prince William’s mother.’
Surprisingly the pair did not discuss shoes at length when they met but talked about the importance of education for young people, an issue Mr Choo is campaigning about on an international level and the duchess takes a keen interest in.
But he admitted that he would love to create for her. “Who wouldn’t? She is the style icon of her generation,” he said. “She also told me how much she was loving visiting my country which made me very proud indeed.”
Kate’s dress is almost identical to the Temperley black Aster Flower dress.
The frock is from the designer’s fall 2012 collection. In addition to the elegant embroidery it features a boat neckline, flared skirt and three quarter sheer sleeves.
The dress remains available (in one size only) at Harrods, priced at £1550 (about $2500 USD).
The Duchess stuck with her LK Bennett Sledge pumps and carry the Natalie bag. Kate styled her hair in another updo.
Following the tea Kate and William headed to the airport for their flight to Sabah.
With thanks to a WKW Facebook friend we see Kate after the couple arrived in Kota Kinablu.
The couple were honored in a reception at their hotel, the Shangri-La, Kate is wearing a necklace given to her at the airport.
On the itinerary for tomorrow (today actually):
- The couple takes a helicopter to Sabah’s Danum Valley where they will have a chance to meet Royal Society scientists and volunteers working in the rainforest, they will traverse parts of the jungle themselves.
- Kate and William then head to a private lodge for lunch, their official engagements for the day completed.
The quieter schedule couldn’t come at a better time as the situation over photos published in France intensifies. Both William and Kate did a remarkable job yesterday at all of the public events they attended, but the tension started to show as they walked to their airplane yesterday, the photo below left is from Thursday’s State Dinner before the couple knew about the photos, and on the right we see Kate as she and William are leaving Kuala Lumpur.