The Duchess wore emerald green for today’s engagements in Australia’s capital city, Canberra.
Kate returned to a label worn earlier in the tour, Catherine Walker. The Duke and Duchess planted an English Oak tree near the Pod children’s playground.
William and Kate had some help this morning from Oliver and Sebastian Lye, twin brothers.
More about the boys from Australian Women’s Weekly:
Sebastian has Down Syndrome, a vision impairment and is hearing impaired, but he doesn’t let this get in his way of joining in everything his brother does. The twins both play soccer and they love to swim. Sebastian also loves to climb and recently received a little legend award from Gai Brodtmann for children achieving whilst dealing with adversity.
The twins had been practising their watering ahead of today’s event and delighted the royal couple and the crowds especially when Sebastian shouted: “Hi Mum.”
The English Oak was picked because of its strength and endurance.
Many will recall the 2011 fundraising dinner William and Kate hosted at St. James’s Palace for the National Memorial Arboretum in England. The Duchess wore Jenny Packham that evening.
After the Arboretum it was time for a reception at Parliament House.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seen at the microphone, addressing those gathered in the Great Hall.
Following the PM’s speech it was Prince William’s turn at the mic; he noted that “We go away with wonderful memories and George goes with his cuddly wombat, which he has taken to chewing so lovingly”. You can see William’s entire speech here on CNN’s YouTube channel.
It could almost be the Evelyn from the waist down, with that garment’s “…full A line skirt with hand pick stitching.”
The bodice comparison shows how the upper portion of Kate’s coatdress is almost identical to the Lara.
The one element I do not have a good handle on is the fabric, if it is the “grass green Venetian wool” of the Evelyn or the silk shantung of the Victoria jacket, or something else altogether. Our thanks to a savvy reader of the popular From Berkshire to Buckingham blog, she suggested the Lara coat as a piece Kate’s garment was based on, and also to Perth’s Fashion.
The first Catherine Walker worn by the Duchess on the Tour was the red Russian Greatcoat in Wellington, NZ; we also show the brand’s dresses worn by Kate during the North American Tour in 2011 .
The only jewelry Kate wore (aside from her engagement/wedding/eternity rings) were her emerald and diamond earrings.
This look worked well and on many levels. The green honors the country hosting the Cambridges, it is one of Australia’s national colors; the other is gold. It also ties into the event at the Arboretum: the green of the site’s foliage, one of the literal allusions Kate makes when pairing wardrobe choices with certain appearances.
There is a reception this evening (4am EDT/1am PDT), arguably the most formal event of the tour. We will be back with a post following that event.
EDITOR’S NOTE: If William and Kate looked pensive at times, it is understandable. As some readers will be aware, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall lost her brother, Mark Shand, very suddenly this morning. Mr. Shand co-chaired a philanthropic event last night at Sotheby’s (New York) that raised more than £1 million ($1.6 million) for several charities, including Elephant Family, an organization he founded and chaired. At an after-party Mr Shand stepped outside to have a cigarette; evidently he slipped and suffered traumatic head injuries. William and Kate released a brief statement: “‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were saddened to learn this morning of the tragic death of Mark Shand. Their thoughts are with the Duchess of Cornwall and her family at this time.”
- the National Arboretum Canberra website is here, its Facebook page here
- learn more about the National Portrait Gallery by visiting its website here, or follow the organization on Facebook
- click here to see a video report on the Arboretum ceremony, click here to see Prince William’s full speech
- The Daily Mail’s story is here, Victoria Murphy’s story in the Daily Mirror is here
- for a full recap, photos and video, the Courier Mail could be just what you’re looking for, click here to visit the site
- Pop Sugar’s recap and large photos may be seen here