William and Kate had a busy schedule today, beginning with Palm Sunday services in Dunedin, New Zealand. They were welcomed by representatives of Ngai Tahu, the primary Māori Iwi, or tribe, of South Island.
On the welcoming committee, 5-year-old Mataawhio Matahaere-vieint, who gave Kate a ‘hongi,’ the traditional Māori greeting.
The couple attended Palm Sunday services at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Kate wore a wore a dress by Emilia Wickstead, the first time on the Tour we have seen her wearing a ‘local designer,’ or one with New Zealand ties. Ms. Wickstead was born in New Zealand, although she now lives in London, where her company is also based. If today’s dress looks familiar, that’s because it is. Many readers will recall the pink dress worn twice in May of 2012, once for one of the Queen’s garden parties (l), and just a few weeks before that for the Sovereigns’ Luncheon (r).
Kate accessorized with a clutch and matching heels from Emmy Shoes in the brand’s carbon grey color.
If interested in seeing styles from Emilia Wickstead’s fall 2014 collection, this post may be of interest. The designer has recently started e-commerce on her site, designs are also offered at Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion.
Kate’s hat is by Jane Taylor. It is a bespoke piece, although somewhat similar to this style.
Kate wore her green amethyst earrings purchased at Kiki McDonough, and while it’s not highly visible in any of our photos, the Duchess also wore the diamond and platinum fern brooch loaned to her by the Queen.
After church they headed to Dunedin’s renowned rugby arena, Forsyth Barr Stadium, home to the famed All Blacks team.
They each coached a team playing “Rippa Rugby,” a contact-free game for children.
This young player looks *very* serious.
Kate changed into a sweater, the Deborah Waffle Knit (or Egg Knit) style by Jonathan Saunders.
The aqua, white and blush sweater is 100% cotton, but it is sold out. It has been something of a staple for the designer, offered in a wonderful variety of colors over the years. This is the second time we have seen Kate wear something by Mr. Saunders; the first was in September of 2012, when the Duchess wore his Evelyn dress in the Solomon Islands.
Kate swapped her heels for her Mint Velvet grey suede sneakers.
After the rugby wrapped up William and Kate flew to Queenstown for the next appearance on the schedule, a wine tasting event at Amisfield Winery.
The couple was given a tour of the vineyards and winemaking operation.
The Duke of Cambridge was more in the mood for drinking than talking when he visited Queenstown’s Amisfield winery today.
After a brief tour of the vineyard that took in not just the vines but an old showpiece Massey Ferguson tractor, Prince William remarked to co-owner John Darby: “We should probably stop the talking and start the drinking.”
Kate changed from the sweater to a shirt and added the Zara blazer worn earlier this week.
There seems to be a consensus Kate’s shirt is the by Gap, the Fitted Boyfriend Shirt. The short comes in a variety of colors, it is 100% cotton and retails for $49.95.
The Duchess changed to her trusty Corkswoon wedges ($398) by Stuart Weitzman for the Winery event.
The final event for the day was a whitewater rafting trip on the Shotover River.
You may not have been able to see that Kate’s lifevest is personalized, this should give you a better look.
The group before they head down the river.
The excursion was aboard a Shotover Jet, akin to what we call ‘jet boats’ here in the US.
MONDAY EVENTS: (Sunday evening in the US)
- Leave Queenstown and travel to Christchurch where William and Kate will see some of the progress and rebuilding that has taken place since the 2011 earthquake and will also take part in a brief ceremony remembering those killed in the earthquake
- Take part in event commemorating the Cricket World Cup coming to Christchurch in 2015, less than a year from now (2011 Rugby World Cup matches were to played in Christchurch, but they were moved away because of the earthquake damage)
- Travel to Wigram Air Force Museum, one of the area’s most popular attractions, where the Duke and Duchess will look at plans and schematics showing progress made thus far in rebuilding the city centre, as well as future plans for restoration.
- There will also be a business lunch staged at the Museum, hosted by the Christchurch Chamber of Commerce, the theme is ‘Future Focus: Christchurch’s Redevelopment’
- As they leave the Museum the couple will see the Memorial Wall, dedicated to those Royal Air Force members who died in service to their country