For today’s visit to South Australia, the Duchess returned to one of her go-to designers, Alexander McQueen. Here you see Kate right after landing at Edinburgh RAAF base, located about 15 miles north of Adelaide.
The couple was actually visiting Elizabeth, a suburb of Adelaide; the community was named after William’s grandmother. Local residents were very eager to see William and Kate, with some claiming their spot on the sidewalk as early as 3am. The Duchess received flowers from a lovely young lady.
More about her from the Daily Mail’s story on today’s activities:
Wearing a pale pink wool suit by Alexander McQueen and nude stiletto pumps, the Duchess was greeted by Health Minister Jack Snelling and Elizabeth Mayor Glenn Docherty before being presented with a posy of Australian natives by Lauren Stephenson, 6, from the Make A Wish Australia Foundation.
The Duchess spoke at length to the young girl who has been in remission for two years from bone cancer, before William also joined her for a chat, rubbing the young girl’s shoulder as they said goodbye.
The Duke and Duchess visited Northern Sound System, a music and performance center for the area’s youth. While there they practiced their DJ skills, something prompting no end of laughs.
The Duchess looking at the center’s mental health tree.
Then it was time for the walkabout with thousands eager to see Kate and William.
William wades straight in as well.
After the walkabout, the couple unveiled a plaque officially naming an area ‘ Prince George Square.’
As mentioned above, Kate chose pale pink
separates by Alexander McQueen for today’s visit. It looks like the pieces are contemporary styles done in a custom color. It appears Kate is wearing the label’s Pique Knit Top, we show it at Lyst. Originally priced at $1005, most recently the black version sold for $402 and the white $502, both at Matches Fashion. SEE UPDATE BELOW. Next, the skirt Kate wore. On the far left we show McQueen’s Black Box Pleat Skirt in a rayon/acetate blend ($1045 at FarFetch), and on the right, the McQ Pleated A Line cotton skirt ($825, also at Far Fetch). The majority opinion on the skirt is that the Box Pleat more closely resembles what the Duchess was wearing. SEE UPDATE BELOW.
UPDATED JULY 14, 2014: It looks like Kate was actually wearing McQueen’s ‘Wool Cashmere Peplum Dress,’ available at My Theresa for $3395 in the ‘powder’ color.
And one more.
It is a 90% wool, 10% cashmere blend. Of note is the high/low draped hemline, longer in the back than in the front. The peplum is structured and reinforced with interfacing, there are three interior hook/eye fastenings at the waist to help maintain the clean, uninterrupted line.
The frock is also available in ‘poppy red’ at Lane Crawford.
Our thanks to our pals at the HRH Duchess Kate blog for the tip on this!
Reading the Fug Girls story on today’s look reminded me the Duchess has worn pink McQueen before, at Trooping the Colour in 2013.
Today Kate accessorized with her LK Bennett Sledge heels ($345 / £195). As well as her Natalie clutch, also by LK Bennett.
Jewelry for today is what we have been seeing lately: the Cartier wristwatch, Asprey London charms necklace and Annoushka pearl drop earrings.
Kate shone in the soft pink separates, it was a stellar look for her. More importantly, the visit seemed very successful for William and Kate. They seem to thrive on the walkabouts, Kate remains cool, collected and very much at ease as she dives into the fray. William is much the same.
- The day’s agenda begins with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery
- The group then moves to Parliament House for a reception hosted by the Prime Minister,in the historic building’s Great Hall
- Next, the pair travel to Australia’s National Arboretum
- William and Kate will help plant a tree, and also spend time with some youngsters and their parents
- Return to Government House for a reception in honor of the Duke and Duchess, hosted by the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and his wife, Lady Cosgrove
- The Daily Mail’s photo-laden story is here, the Mirror‘s live blog is here (a splendid way to see things as they unfolded)
- Pop Sugar’s showcase of 31 photos (that allow zooming in and out) is here, the Telegraph‘s slide show is here
- the Daily Standard’s story about today’s events can be seen here
- a video showing ‘royal rappers’ William and Kate can be viewed here
One more note: Sky TV is running a one-hour special on the tour this Saturday, the 26th. As soon as I know details I will share them.