The Cambridges have arrived in Sydney, Australia, where they were greeted by cheering crowds and another welcome sight: sunshine.
Following the brief airport welcome the Cambridges were taken to Sydney’s famed Opera House for a reception. Crowds of people eagerly awaited a glimpse of the royals.
Prince William spoke briefly during the Opera House reception, more from 702 ABC Sydney Radio:
And in a crowd-pleasing remark, Prince William referred to the presents received after the birth of his son, Prince George.
“Catherine and I were very grateful for the many kinds messages and gifts that we received when George was first born. I suggest George’s first word might be bilby, if only because koala is too difficult to say.”
While at the reception they received a gift for George from the Cricket World Cup organization, his own miniature cricket bat.
The family is staying at Admiralty House, just across the water from the Opera House.
Kate wore a vivid yellow dress by Roksanda Ilincic, identified almost immediately by our friends at Perth Fashion. The piece is a custom version of the designer’s ‘Ryedale’ dress from the spring/summer 2014 collection.
Above we show the Ryedale off-the-rack version of the dress at Matches Fashion. There are really only three changes needed to make the Ryedale dress like Kate’s, or vice-a-versa:
- square off the neckline, as opposed to using the rounded neckline
- take the excess fabric out of the belled sleeves
- reverse the colors so that what is white in the photo above is yellow, and what is yellow becomes white
This offers a good look at the squared neckline on the Duchess’s dress.
The piece is 100% wool crepe, a fabric with texture that can breathe quite well and retain its shape; it is lined in a silk/cotton blend. The dress incorporates many features Kate is fond of in a dress: the off-center slit at the hem on the front, exposed back zipper, and defined waistline. The Ryedale dress sells for $1441 at Matches.
Today’s dress is another instance of Kate using her wardrobe to send a message: yellow is one of Australia’s colors (technically green and gold are the colors, but yellow is almost interchangeable), wearing it is a relatively easy way to convey respect and gratitude for your hosts. The yellow is also an excellent shade for her, flattering with her coloring. The only drawback? Apparently Prince William isn’t as favorably impressed with the color, more from Grazia UK:
The literal dresser isn’t only matching the sun (Syndey is a bright 22 degrees compared to 13 over in Wellington), but is also referencing the country’s flag in yellow gold.
Kate told a lady in the crowd however: ‘William said I look like a banana.’
The frock also comes in a minty green with navy.
…and her Natalie clutch (no longer available).
We’ll leave you with a look at Prince George, who seems to be taking it all in and pondering his next move.
NEXT SCHEDULED EVENTS:
- William and Kate travel to the Blue Mountains located west of Sydney
- In the morning the couple will spend time with families impacted by the bushfires that swept through the region last October
- They will go to see the Three Sisters rock formation, undamaged by the bushfires
- they will either abseil themselves or watch others rappelling
- in the evening they have a private meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbot at Admiralty House
- 7 News has posted a 5+ minute video of the airport arrival, and a video of the welcome at the Opera House that is almost as long
- the Daily Mail‘s story is here,
- Read about the Girl Guides preparing their Hall for the Royal visitors in this Daily Telegraph story
- CNN’s story about the arrival is here, reported by our pal, Max Foster