Day three of the royal tour brought two very different ensembles for the Duchess. Kate and William’s first engagement was at a contact center for the Salaam Baalak Trust. The organization helps children who live on the streets near the Delhi train station. It’s estimated that as many as 7,000 vulnerable children, most of them alone, arrive at the train station every year.
The Trust has a total of 18 centers: 13 contact points and 5 shelters. More from The Telegraph’s Gordon Rayner.
Street children told them how they had left their homes because of abuse or the hope of a better life, but face a constant battle for survival. Boys and girls as young as five arrive at the station every day, where people traffickers are waiting to pounce.
Kate and William met some of the boys living in one of the Trust’s shelters.
More from Richard Palmer in The Express.
Charity workers told the couple how they focus on the children’s mental health and provide physical and medical care for them to help them get over the trauma of life on the streets.
The charity’s director Sanjoy Roy told the couple about the charity’s work.
“The boys come here for four hours of lessons and some food every day. When they’re not here, they’re at the railway station”.
We learn about the charity’s founder from Us Weekly:
Middleton and Prince William concluded their visit with Salaam Baalak’s co-founder Praveen Nair, 85, who established the charity 28 years ago with funding from her director daughter Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated 1988 crime drama, Salaam Bombay.
Kensington Palace posted a brief video of Kate leaving the shelter.
Kate wore a dress by UK-based ‘Glamorous‘. The dress is full length with long sleeves, a placed print at the hem and wrists, lace-up closure detail at the round neck and a flared semi-sheer skirt. Today’s Tip of the Tiara goes to WKW Facebook Friend Eva Mitterreiter-Dobra, she located the dress, something I never would have discovered on my own.
The brand is sold at quite a few outlets, including ASOS, House of Fraser and Topshop. In fact, Kate Middleton Style found the dress at Shop Boem where it is called the Lace me Up Maxi Dress, priced at $40. Eva also discovered this tunic/dress in the same print, it is £24 on the Glamorous site.
The Duchess wore a new pair of flats from Russell and Bromley, the Xpresso. Described as being designed “in the softest blush toned suede, these feature a delicately pointed toe and are finished with a chic crossover strap,” the shoes are £175. Our thanks to the folks at What Would Kate Do for identifying the shoes.
Kate wore the Filigree Bead earrings first seen on Sunday.
The next appointment on the itinerary involved a much more formal look, as the Duke and Duchess were having a private lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The luncheon was at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Once one of the largest palaces in India, it is now used primarily for meetings with foreign dignitaries, news conferences and other official functions. More about today’s event from US News & World Report:
The four-course meal, including vegetarian dishes as well as meat, was served as Indian classical musician Rahul Sharma played the santoor, similar to a dulcimer. Sharma included in his performance a rendition of the Beatles’ “Let It Be,” according to Indian media. Other guests included several Cabinet ministers and business leaders.
The dress is 100% cotton, with that high neck Kate favors. It also features a “fitted waist and fluted hem with cotton voile pleats.” Here is a closer look.
In her story for The Daily Mail Rebecca English notes that a modesty panel was added to Kate’s dress.
The Desdemona is from the pre-fall collection; it may be pre-ordered; the price for the frock is $1395.
Kate accessorized with LK Bennett pieces.
Above you see the Natalie clutch, and below we show the Fern pumps in the ‘trench’ colorway. This color is currently sold out but the retailer is taking email names/shoe sizes on this page for those interested in purchasing a pair.
Kate wore new earrings today.
The special edition earrings are by Kiki McDonough, made of green tourmalines, green amethysts and diamonds. The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English spoke with the jeweler, they are said to have been made especially for Kate to celebrate Princess Charlotte’s birth.
We also saw Kate’s hair up again.
Also today, Kate and William met with a group of advocates for women’s rights.
The meeting was actually Prince William’s idea. More from Simon Perry’s story in People:
He asked his staff for the opportunity “to hear directly from women working to support other women and girls.
“He also wanted to get a sense of work being done to help young women to achieve their full potential and for men to become more supportive of the women and girls in their lives.”
We will be back shortly with our post on the evening look by Anna Sui the Duchess wore in Kaziranga.
- Learn More about the Salaam Baalak Trust here; you can follow the organization here on Facebook
- Read about the meeting with women’s rights advocates by clicking here
- Gordon Rayner’s story for The Telegraph is here; Richard Palmer’s story in The Express is here, Victoria Murphy’s story on the morning activity in The Mirror is here
- Us Weekly’s coverage of the morning engagement is here, The Daily Mail’s coverage of the lunch is here
- PopSugar’s slide show on the Temperley look is here