We are back with a brief update on what Kate wore to the State reception at Government House, a bespoke cocktail dress by Jenny Packham. The evening’s highlight was Kate and William’s unveiling of a new portrait of Her Majesty by New Zealand artist Nick Cuthell.
Those with a good eye for detail may have noticed the fern brooch HM is wearing in the portrait. It is the same pin worn by Kate atop her red Catherine Walker coat on Monday, loaned to the Duchess for this trip. Again this evening Kate demonstrated her skill at sending messages of respect and sensitivity through what she wears, her dress had an intricately embroidered fern on the left shoulder.
Kate’s dress is knee-length, it has long sleeves and a modified bateau neckline, not to mention the exquisitely embroidered left shoulder. We hope to have larger pictures to share in another hour or two.
Prince William made a brief speech at the function, the The Mirror’s story has some of his remarks:
“Thank you also for hosting Catherine, George and me during our time in New Zealand. I hope that George doesn’t keep you up!
“He’s at his most vocal at 3am, as you may have noticed – I swear I heard him doing the haka this morning.
UPDATED: Kate accessorized with her diamond bracelet
, I don’t yet know what earrings she wore and the consensus is they are the matching pair to the bracelet. Below we show them from previous events.
We have an update on the Tory Burch ‘Paulina’dress Kate wore for Tuesday’s Plunket New Zealand playdate.
It looks like the dress will be re-issued through Net-a-Porter UK, at least from the looks of things. The screen grab is from this morning, I will try to check later today to verify this is the case.
- Late morning: William and Kate fly to Auckland
- Visit the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) base in Whenuapai, informal meet and greet with base personnel and their families
- 12:15pm / 8:15pm EDT / 5:15pm PDT: Travel into the city centre, arriving at headquarters of Emirates Team New Zealand, participants (and winners) of many America’s Cup racing meets
- 1-3pm / 11pm EDT / 8pm PDT: Kate & William are taken to two separate boats for some informal races (what may be referred to in the US as ‘sprints’) against each other (This is reminiscent of the couple competing against each other in a Dragon Boat race during 2011’s North American Tour.)
- Return to shore
- Go back into the Harbour aboard a Sealegs, an ingenious amphibious vehicle that was invented in New Zealand
- Return to Air Force base, return to Wellington